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Holloway, Aisha and Donaghy, Edward [SHAAP] . (2017) Practices and attitudes of General Practitioners in the delivery of alcohol brief interventions in Scotland. Edinburgh: Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems.

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The effects of excessive alcohol consumption across Scottish society have been seen to impact on communities, families, public services, the economy and individual health. In response, the Scottish Government set out a strategic approach to addressing these harms in the Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action (Scottish Government, 2009). A key component of this strategy was to set targets for the delivery of Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABIs), which were subsequently developed into a HEAT H4: Alcohol Brief Intervention (ABI) Standard in 2012/13.

Our findings point to the fundamentally central role GPs play in responding to harmful and hazardous drinking through the delivery of ABIs in primary care. The study identified that facilitators for the effective delivery of ABIs fell into two categories, systemic factors and patient-centred factors. The systemic factors mirror those identified in the final MESAS report. However, the patient-centred factors from our data address elements of the gaps identified by the MESAS report (NHS Health Scotland, 2016). Our data provides new evidence and insight to address specific gaps in our understanding of the characteristics of the individuals receiving screening and ABIs, who these individuals are and how that and the context of their lives impacts on the delivery of ABIs.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder treatment method, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:SHAAP
Date:June 2017
Publisher:Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems
Place of Publication:Edinburgh
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Subjects:B Substances > Alcohol
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method > Individual therapy > Brief intervention
HJ Treatment method > Treatment outcome
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Provider / worker / staff attitude toward treatment
T Demographic characteristics > Doctor
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > Scotland

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