The purpose of this paper is to describe the development and process evaluation of an educational intervention, designed to help general practitioners (GPs) identify and manage problem alcohol use among problem drug users.
The educational session was developed as part of a complex intervention which was informed by the Medical Research Council framework for complex interventions. A Cochrane review and a modified Delphi-facilitated consensus process formed the theoretical phase of the development. The modelling phase involved qualitative interviews with professionals and patients. The training's learning outcomes included alcohol screening and delivery of brief psychosocial interventions and this was facilitated by demonstration of clinical guidelines, presentation, video, group discussion and/or role play.
Participants (n=17) from three general practices and local medical school participated in four workshops. They perceived the training as most helpful in improving their ability to perform alcohol screening. Most useful components of the session were the presentation, handout and group discussion with participants appreciating the opportunity to share their ideas with peers.
Training primary healthcare professionals in alcohol screening and brief psychosocial interventions among problem drug users appears feasible. Along with the educational workshops, the implementation strategies should utilise multi-level interventions to support these activities among GPs.
Klimas, J., Lally, K., Murphy, L., Crowley, L., Anderson, R., Meagher, D., McCombe, G., P. Smyth, B., Bury, G. and Cullen, W. (2014), "Development and process evaluation of an educational intervention to support primary care of problem alcohol among drug users", Drugs and Alcohol Today, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 76-86. https://doi.org/10.1108/DAT-11-2013-0049Download as .RIS
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