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Drug and Alcohol Findings. (2013) Effectiveness Bank Bulletin [Effectiveness of screening and brief alcohol intervention in primary care]. Drug and Alcohol Findings. Effectiveness Bank Bulletin, 28 Jan

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Effectiveness of screening and brief alcohol intervention in primary care (SIPS trial): pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial.
Kaner E., Bland M., Cassidy P. et al. BMJ: 2013, 346, e8501.

The primary care arm of the largest alcohol screening and brief intervention study yet conducted in Britain found that the proportion of risky drinkers fell just as much after the most minimal of screening and intervention methods as after more sophisticated and longer (but still brief) alternatives.

Summary
The SIPS project embraces three trials of brief interventions in different settings in England. This account focuses on the primary care trial; see these Findings analyses for the studies in emergency departments and probation offices.

First this account describes the common features of the three SIPS trials, based primarily on formal accounts of their methodology (1 2 3). Then results from primary care are described drawing almost entirely on the featured report and the relevant methodology report, but also occasionally on preliminary findings released by the SIPS project on its web site in the form of factsheets and conference presentations rather than peer-reviewed articles in academic journals. At the time of writing, the same sorts of documents are the primary sources for findings from the other two settings referred to in the Findings logo commentary to set the primary care findings in context. Later more scientifically formal accounts of these findings will be incorporated as they emerge, so the detailed findings and perhaps too the conclusions are subject to change.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:Screening, Psychosocial treatment method
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:28 January 2013
Publisher:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Corporate Creators:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Volume:28 Jan
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:HA Screening, identification, and diagnostic method > Psychosocial screening and diagnostic method
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use > Alcohol dependence
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method > Individual therapy > Brief intervention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Identification and screening > Identification and screening for substance use
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method
B Substances > Alcohol
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Community-based treatment (primary care)

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