Reach and effectiveness of a computer-based alcohol intervention in a Swedish emergency room
2010 (English)In: International emergency nursing, ISSN 1878-013X, Vol. 18, no 3, 138-146 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluates a computerized alcohol intervention implemented in a Swedish emergency department (ED) with regard to the effectiveness of two different types of tailored brief feedback on patients drinking patterns and the reach of the intervention. METHODS: The study was a prospective, randomized controlled trial of ED patients. The designated target population was the ED population aged 18-69 years who registered at the triage room before receiving care. Patients who were categorized as risky drinkers and completed the computerized test were randomized to either a long or a short feedback. The feedback was tailored on the basis of the individual patients responses to questions on their drinking patterns. RESULTS: The computerized intervention reached 41% of the target population. Those who completed the computerized test and received the feedback were younger than those who did not receive the intervention. Among those who could be followed up, the feedback was effective in reducing the patients weekly alcohol consumption and the number of heavy episodic drinking occasions. The long feedback was slightly more effective than the short feedback, but the differences were not statistically significant.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 18, no 3, 138-146 p.
Computerized intervention, Tailored feedback, Reach, Effectiveness
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-58825DOI: 10.1016/j.ienj.2009.08.004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-58825DiVA: diva2:345871