Implementation of computerized alcohol screening and advice in an emergency department - a nursing staff perspective
2007 (English)In: Accident and Emergency Nursing, ISSN 0965-2302, Vol. 15, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Changes in attitudes towards alcohol prevention among nursing staff are evaluated after implementing an opportunistic computerized alcohol screening and intervention (e-SBI) at an emergency department. After having assessed the patients in the triage room the nurses asked patients to perform the e-SBI on a touch screen computer. Before the start of the project more than 60% of the nurses expected the patients to react negatively when asked about their alcohol habits. After one year of screening only 10% reported experience of negative reactions from the patients. More than 50% of the nurses found it easy or very easy to ask the patients to perform the e-SBI and more than 75% of the nurses agreed that the e-SBI did not affect their workload. The proportion of nurses who considered alcohol prevention to be part of their duties at the emergency department did not change (40%) after implementing the e-SBI. During the two-year study period, 1982 patients completed the e-SBI which constituted 10-20% of all patients between 16 and 70 years of age attending the department for a sub critical condition. The e-SBI seems to have better potential than ordinary alcohol screening and intervention for implementation into routine emergency departments due to its simplicity and low time consumption. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 15, no 1
Attitudes, Electronic alcohol screening, Implementation, Nursing staff
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-50028DOI: 10.1016/j.aaen.2006.09.004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-50028DiVA: diva2:270924