Effectiveness Bank Alcohol Treatment Matrix: Generating System-Wide Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention

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Latest instalment of fortnightly course on the evidence for alcohol treatment and brief interventions. Context is that Britain’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) insists commissioners and managers “must” generate a system which provides the training, resources and time needed for routine brief intervention. Find out what happened when that was tried in Scotland, and develop evidence-informed understanding of four key issues:

- Advice is to commission for quality as well as quantity – but what is quality?

- Incentives stimulate activity, but do they give the wrong message and risk perverse effects?

- Commission programmes for alcohol, alcohol plus drugs, or lifestyle issues in general?

- Should we abandon the ambition to achieve population-wide health gains?

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One of 25 cells in the Alcohol Treatment Matrix mapping seminal and key research and guidance on alcohol brief interventions and treatment.

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Sent by Drug and Alcohol Findings to alert you to site updates and recent UK-relevant evaluations and reviews of drug/alcohol interventions. Matrix funded by Alcohol Change UK. Findings is also supported by the Society for the Study of Addiction and advised by the National Addiction Centre.