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Drug and Alcohol Findings. (2015) Alcohol Matrix cell D1: Organisational functioning - Screening and brief intervention. London: Drug and Alcohol Findings.

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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 D1 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 advice – the 'brief intervention'.

But this cell is not about the content of the intervention (for which see cell A1), but how implementation and impact are affected by the ways and degree to which the organisation responsible for the programme supports managers, supervisors and staff, and offers an environment conducive to screening and brief intervention.

Though not commonly researched, such issues are crucial, because these procedures are often implemented by organisations for which 'normal' drinking and public health are not their core business. Without prioritisation and backing from the organisation, it's likely that screening and brief intervention will be sidelined or of poor quality.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:Psychosocial treatment method, Screening
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:October 2015
Publisher:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Corporate Creators:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Place of Publication:London
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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
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Identification and screening > Identification and screening for substance use
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care delivery
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Community-based treatment (primary care)
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care administration
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Organisational development
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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