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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Alcohol brief interventions practice following training for multidisciplinary health and social care teams: a qualitative interview study
Author(s): Fitzgerald, Niamh
Molloy, Heather
MacDonald, Fiona
McCambridge, Jim
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Keywords: alcohol consumption
brief intervention
social work
Issue Date: Mar-2015
Date Deposited: 21-Apr-2015
Citation: Fitzgerald N, Molloy H, MacDonald F & McCambridge J (2015) Alcohol brief interventions practice following training for multidisciplinary health and social care teams: a qualitative interview study. Drug and Alcohol Review, 34 (2), pp. 185-193.
Abstract: Introduction and Aims: Few studies of the implementation of alcohol brief interventions (ABI) have been conducted in community settings such as mental health, social work and criminal justice teams. This qualitative interview study sought to explore the impact of training on ABI delivery by staff from a variety of such teams. Design and Methods: Fifteen semi-structured telephone interviews were carried out with trained practitioners and with managers to explore the use of, perceived need for and approaches to ABI delivery and recording with clients, and compatibility of ABIs with current practice. Interviews were analysed thematically using an inductive approach. Results: Very few practitioners reported delivery of any ABIs following training primarily because they felt ABIs to be inappropriate for their clients. According to practitioners, this was either because they drank too much or too little to benefit. Practitioners reported a range of current activities relating to alcohol, and some felt that their knowledge and confidence were improved following training. One practitioner reported ABI delivery and was considered a training success, while expectations of ABIs did not fit with current practice including assessment procedures for the remainder. Discussion and Conclusions: Identified barriers to ABI delivery included issues relating to individual practitioners, their teams, current practice and the ABI model. They are likely to be best addressed by strategic team- and setting-specific approaches to implementation, of which training is only one part.
DOI Link: 10.1111/dar.12193
Rights: © 2014 The Authors. Drug and Alcohol Review published by Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd on behalf of Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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