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Implementing Brief Interventions in Health Care: Lessons Learned from the Swedish Risk Drinking Project
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Preventive and Social Medicine and Public Health Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Swedish National Institute of Public Health.
Northumbria University.
2011 (English)In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, ISSN 1661-7827, Vol. 8, no 9, 3609-3627 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Risk Drinking Project was a national implementation endeavour in Sweden, carried out from 200 4 to 2010, based on a government initiative to give alcohol issues a more prominent place in routine primary, child, maternity and occupational health care. The article describes and analyses the project. Critical factors that were important for the results are identified. The magnitude of the project contributed to its reach and impact in terms of providers awareness of the project goals and key messages. The timing of the project was appropriate. The increase in alcohol consumption in Sweden and diminished opportunities for primary prevention strategies since entry to the European Union in 1995 have led to increased expectations for health care providers to become more actively involved in alcohol prevention. This awareness provided favourable conditions for this project. A multifaceted approach was used in the project. Most educational courses were held in workshops and seminars to encourage learning-by-doing. Motivational interviewing was an integral aspect. The concept of risk drinking was promoted in all the activities. Subprojects were tailored to the specific conditions of each respective setting, building on the skills the providers already had to modify existing work practices. Nurses were afforded a key role in the project.

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MDPI , 2011. Vol. 8, no 9, 3609-3627 p.
Keyword [en]
alcohol, brief intervention, secondary prevention, public health, risk drinking, implementation, continuing professional education
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-71389DOI: 10.3390/ijerph8093609ISI: 000295214300007OAI: diva2:448043
Available from: 2011-10-14 Created: 2011-10-14 Last updated: 2011-10-14

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