Alcohol: the complete collection

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Alcohol: the complete collection

All Effectiveness Bank analyses to date of documents related to alcohol compiled for our supporter Alcohol Change UK, starting with the analyses most recently added or updated, totalling today 775 documents.

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REVIEW 2016 HTM file
Patient preferences and shared decision-making in the treatment of substance use disorders: a systematic review of the literature

Friedrichs A., Spies M., Härter M. et al.
PLoS ONE: 2016, 11(1), e0145817.
The first review to evaluate shared decision-making and patient preferences for substance use treatment finds evidence that greater patient involvement in decisions can improve outcomes and has no negative impacts.

HOT TOPIC 2016 HTM file
‘Recovery’: meaning and implications for treatment

Ashton M.
One of our selection of hot topics – important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. Since 2008 the “recovery” objective has been at the heart of British drug treatment policy. Where did it come from and what does it mean for treatment services?

MATRIX CELL 2016 HTM file
Alcohol Matrix cell B2: Practitioners; Generic and cross-cutting issues

Ashton M.
Seminal and key studies and reviews on the impact of the practitioner across medical and psychosocial therapy and treatment for problem drinking.

REVIEW 2015 HTM file
Risks and benefits of nalmefene in the treatment of adult alcohol dependence: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis of published and unpublished double-blind randomized controlled trials

Palpacuer C., Laviolle B., Boussageon R. et al.
PLoS Medicine: 2015, 12(12), e1001924.
‘A pill for every ill’ is the gist of the attacks levelled at nalmefene in the form of Selincro, a drug expected to extend the benefits of pharmacotherapy to drinkers not physically dependent or in need of detoxification – or for critics, to medicalise psychosocial dependence on shaky scientific grounds.

HOT TOPIC 2016 HTM file
Treatment staff matter

Ashton M.
One of our hot topics offering background and analysis on important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. By focusing on the intervention as if it were a mechanical lever, research has not just ignored but sought to eliminate what now seems a more important factor – the influence of the practitioner and how they relate to the patient.

HOT TOPIC 2016 HTM file
Motivational interviewing: fast and flexible counselling style

Ashton M.
One of our hot topics offering background and analysis on important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. Introduces and evaluates the most influential approach in substance use counselling in Britain – one perhaps as widely misunderstood as it is practised. Great advantage is applicability to substance users from the risky to the dependent.

COLLECTION 2016 HTM file
The common core of therapy

‘Collections’ are customised Effectiveness Bank searches not available via the standard options in the search pages. Lists entries relating to ‘Dodo bird’ findings that all bona fide therapies tend to have similar effects. Across mental health and behavioural problems, such findings have turned attention to the ‘common factors’ shared by therapies rather than how they differ.

DOCUMENT 2016 HTM file
Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings

Marel C., Mills K.L., Kingston R. et al.
[Australian] National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, 2016
Updated guidelines funded by the Australian government recommend universal mental health screening for people accessing substance use services, and say that mental health issues do not pose an “insurmountable barrier” to effective substance use treatment.

STUDY 2016 HTM file
Measurable effects of local alcohol licensing policies on population health in England

de Vocht F., Heron J., Angus C. et al.
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health: 2016, 70(3), p. 231–237.
For the first time, a study in England has shown that the more strongly a local government area regulates the licensing of alcohol outlets, the greater the reduction in alcohol-related harm within the population, as reflected in the number of hospital admissions.

STUDY 2015 HTM file
The effectiveness of brief alcohol interventions delivered by community pharmacists: randomized controlled trial

Dhital R., Norman I., Whittlesea C. et al.
Addiction: 2015, 110(10), p. 1586–1594.
Despite a clear rationale for embedding brief interventions in community pharmacies, this UK trial found no evidence that they would reduce hazardous or harmful drinking.


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