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Drug and Alcohol Findings. (2016) Alcohol Matrix cell C1: Management/supervision - screening and brief intervention. Drug and Alcohol Findings. 4 p.

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The Alcohol Treatment Matrix is concerned with the treatment of alcohol-related problems among adults (another deals with drug-related problems). It maps the treatment universe and for each sub-territory (a cell) lists the most important UK-relevant research and guidance. Across the top, columns move from specific interventions through how their impacts are affected by the widening contexts of practitioners, management, the organisation, and whole local area treatment systems. Down the rows are the major intervention types implemented at these levels. Inside each cell is our pick of the most important documents relevant to the impact of that intervention type at that contextual level.

What is cell C1 about?

As described more fully in the cell A1 bite, screening and brief interventions are usually seen as public health measures, aiming to reduce alcohol‐related harm across a population of drinkers. Screening programmes aim to identify people at risk of or experiencing substance use problems who are not seeking help. Many are not at the stage where treatment is appropriate or desired, so the typical response is brief counselling/advice – the 'brief intervention'. This cell is however not about the content of the intervention (for which see cell A1), but how implementation and impact are affected by the management functions of selecting, training and managing staff and managing the intervention programme – much less commonly researched, but crucial, because these procedures are implemented by practitioners who often neither see 'normal' drinking nor public health as their core business. Getting them to put their time and their hearts in to this activity is seen as the key task by people convinced that, given a chance, the interventions can work.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:Psychosocial treatment method, Screening
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:June 2016
Pages:4 p.
Publisher:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Corporate Creators:Drug and Alcohol Findings
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:B Substances > Alcohol
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use > Alcohol dependence
HA Screening, identification, and diagnostic method > Medical screening and diagnostic method
HA Screening, identification, and diagnostic method > Psychosocial screening and diagnostic method
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
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care delivery
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Organisational development > Workforce / staff skills and training
T Demographic characteristics > Substance or health care worker

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