The case for extended brief interventions

Heather, Nick (2011) The case for extended brief interventions. Slovenian Journal of Public Health, 50 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 0351-0026

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2478/v10152-010-0023-8

Abstract

Brief interventions directed against hazardous and harmful drinking have become popular in recent years, both among researchers and, to some extent, among general practitioners and other health professionals. There is a strong evidence-base, at least in primary health care, to justify this popularity. But there is often confusion about what exactly alcohol brief intervention consists of. In fact, the term ‘brief intervention’ does not describe a single, well-defined activity but rather a family of interventions that differ in a range of ways. Although they all share the characteristics of being briefer than most formal treatment programmes for alcohol problems and of being aimed at drinkers with less severe problems and levels of dependence than those typically attending specialized treatment services, brief interventions differ among themselves in duration over time, number of scheduled sessions, procedures and accompanying materials, styles of interaction, delivery personnel and settings, and the underlying theoretical approach on which they are based.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: extended brief interventions
Subjects: B200 Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy
C600 Sports Science
D600 Food and Beverage studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2011 15:53
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:34
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4162

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