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STUDY 2007 HTM file
The impact of screening, brief intervention, and referral for treatment on emergency department patients' alcohol use

Just a few minutes with specially hired screening and intervention staff can make a difference to emergency patients' drinking, but in the real world the hospital's own staff will usually do this work. A US study tested this real-world scenario and still found (modest) drinking reductions.

REVIEW 2008 HTM file
Systematic review and meta-analyses of strategies targeting alcohol problems in emergency departments: interventions reduce alcohol-related injuries

Combining results from the few available evaluations of emergency department-based alcohol interventions suggests these substantially reduce alcohol-related injuries, but the estimate may not be applicable outside the USA or to all emergency patients.

STUDY 2005 PDF file 146Kb
Heavily drinking emergency patients cut down after referral for counselling

Latest in a series of studies at a London emergency unit found drinking reductions and reduced re-attendance after referring heavy drinkers for brief counselling. Screening and referral were routine at the unit, suggesting the model could be widely implemented.

REVIEW 2008 HTM file
A systematic review of emergency care brief alcohol interventions for injury patients

Confirmation that brief advice to risky drinkers identified in accident and emergency departments can cut drinking and reduce the chance of further injuries and readmissions; the issue now is why this happens sometimes but not always.

REVIEW 2011 HTM file
Brief interventions for heavy alcohol users admitted to general hospital wards

Many with alcohol-related disorders, risky drinking hospital inpatients with time to reflect on their problems ought to be prime candidates for brief advice. This updated synthesis of studies found some significant impacts but these were inconsistent, perhaps because merely being identified as a heavy drinker has an impact on its own.

STUDY 2009 HTM file
Counselor skill influences outcomes of brief motivational interventions

Few studies can manage the painstaking analyses needed to identify what makes for successful counselling. This Swiss study broke new ground in dissecting why some brief interventionists had far better results than others with risky drinking A&E patients.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 199Kb
A&E units save health service resources by addressing drinking

This US study estimated that each $ spent screening for and offering advice to heavy drinking emergency patients would save nearly $4 in health care costs due to reduced hospital re-attendance. A British trial suggests similar savings might be found in the UK.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 198Kb
Drink-driving cut by 30-minute talk with hospital patients

Patients admitted to a US hospital following a traffic accident had fewer arrests for drink-driving after a short talk with hospital staff about their drinking, the first such finding and one which reinforced the case for hospital-based brief interventions.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
The effectiveness of brief intervention among injured patients with alcohol dependence: who benefits from brief interventions?

At a US emergency department, a brief conversation about the pros and cons of their risky drinking and offers of support for any efforts to reduce harm curbed drinking among alcohol-dependent patients; non-dependent patients tended to do better with assessment and usual care only.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Ethnic differences in drinking outcomes following a brief alcohol intervention in the trauma care setting

At a US emergency department, a brief conversation about the pros and cons of their drinking and offers of support for any efforts to reduce harm led (compared to assessment and usual care) to extra reductions in the drinking of injured Hispanic patients but not white or black patients.


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