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STUDY 2004 PDF file 181Kb
Family check-up builds on teachers' abilities to identify problem pupils

Using teachers' ratings to target the families of high-risk pupils, a US study has shown that a few hours spent improving parental monitoring and response to childrens' behaviour can lead two years later to reductions in substance use.

STUDY 2004 HTM file
An evaluation of workshop training in motivational interviewing for addiction and mental health clinicians

US study suggests that when it comes to choosing therapists, choosing the 'right' people who have not been trained in motivational interviewing would be better than choosing the 'wrong' people who have been trained; the former not only start at a higher level, but are more able to benefit from and retain training.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 193Kb
Addressing heavy drinking by needle exchange users could reduce infection risk

Under two hours of risk assessment and motivational sessions cut heavy drinking and equipment sharing among exchange attenders, offering a way to further reduce the risks of overdose, viral infection and the aggravation of pre-existing hepatitis disease.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 172Kb
Injury rate cut in heavy drinking accident and emergency patients

One of the few studies to have tried alcohol interventions in the emergency department rather than after admission was also the first to find a significant reduction in later injuries, but only if the initial approach had been reinforced with a booster.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 134Kb
Motivational interviews as a standalone or treatment-entry response to stimulant use

US and Australian findings suggest that short motivational interventions can both reinforce stimulant-specific treatment and usefully address stimulant use in settings such as needle exchanges and methadone programmes.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 188Kb
Nurses help prevent hazardous drinking while caring for injured drinkers

This British study found that young men injured after binge drinking respond well to a brief intervention mounted in a hospital clinic dealing with injuries of the kind often related to drinking.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 180Kb
Alcohol counselling: try brief therapy first

This Australian study of a drug and alcohol counselling service extended work on brief alcohol interventions to a non-medical setting, confirming their potential as a first-line response to less severely affected treatment-seeking clients.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 110Kb
Initial motivational session improves alcohol treatment retention and outcomes

At a US outpatient alcohol service an initial motivational interview was more effective than 'role induction' (informing the patient about the treatment) at encouraging new clients to stay longer and to gain more from the treatment which followed.

OFFCUT 2003 PDF file 259Kb
Leading Australian treatment centre distills its experience in to practical guides

The Turning Point Centre has to date produced nine manuals distilling its considerable research and practice experience on among other topics, psychosocial therapies, harm reduction, managing withdrawal, and aftercare.

STUDY 2002 PDF file 178Kb
Non-returners benefit from making initial alcohol treatment assessment into a brief intervention

In Canada a brief motivational intervention integrated into initial assessment substantially reduced drinking among drinkers who did not return for treatment, offering a fail-safe mechanism to cater for early drop-out.


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