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Klimas, Jan (2011) Cochrane review of interventions for problem alcohol use in illicit drug users. Drugnet Ireland , Issue 39, Autumn 2011 , p. 6.

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The Health Research Board (HRB) has awarded a fellowship to complete a Cochrane review entitled ‘Psychosocial interventions for problem alcohol use in illicit drug users’ to a team based in the University of Limerick. The review aims to find out whether interventions that are based on behavioural, motivational or social theories of change for treating alcohol problems could also be effective for people with coexisting addiction issues.  

The findings of the review will inform the development of clinical guidelines for screening and treatment for problem alcohol use among methadone users attending Irish primary care services.1
 
Cochrane fellowships aim to build capacity in conducting systematic reviews in the health and social care field in Ireland by freeing up protected time for applicants to conduct a review.2 The Cochrane Collaboration is a not-for-profit independent organisation dedicated to providing readily available, up-to-date, accurate information on the effects of healthcare interventions. It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions in over fifty topic areas through The Cochrane Library (www.thecochranelibrary.com). In 2002 Ireland became the first country in the world to provide free national access to the Cochrane Library, an initiative co-funded by the HRB and the Research and Development Office in Northern Ireland.
 
The co-reviewers are Dr Jan Klimas, Prof Walter Cullen, Prof Clodagh O’Gorman, Dr Jean Saunders and Prof Colum Dunne (all Graduate Entry Medical School, UL); Ms Catherine-Anne Field and Prof Gerard Bury (UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science); Dr Eamon Keenan (HSE Addiction Services, Dublin) and Dr Liam Glynn (NUIG School of Medicine) who is acting as a local mentor on this review. More information about the project is available from Jan Klimas (01– 473 0893) or from the Cochrane Library, where the protocol for this review was published in August.3
 
2. For more information about the Cochrane Fellowships visit: http://www.hrb.ie/research-strategy-funding
3.Klimas J, Field CA, Cullen W, O’Gorman CSM, Glynn LG, Keenan E et al. (2011) Psychosocial interventions for problem alcohol use in illicit drug users. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD009269. www.mrw.interscience.wiley.com/cochrane.

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