Development and evaluation of training in culturally specific screening and brief intervention for hospital patients with alcohol-related injuries

Whitty, Megan, Nagel, Tricia, Jayaraj, Rama, & Kavanagh, David (2016) Development and evaluation of training in culturally specific screening and brief intervention for hospital patients with alcohol-related injuries. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 24(1), pp. 9-15.

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To evaluate health practitioners’ confidence and knowledge of alcohol screening, brief intervention and referral after training in a culturally adapted intervention on alcohol misuse and well-being issues for trauma patients.


Mixed methods, involving semi-structured interviews at baseline and a post-workshop questionnaire. Setting: Targeted acute care within a remote area major tertiary referral hospital.


Ten key informants and 69 questionnaire respondents from relevant community services and hospital-based health care professionals.


Screening and brief intervention training workshops and resources for 59 hospital staff.

Main outcome measures

Self-reported staff knowledge of alcohol screening, brief intervention and referral, and satisfaction with workshop content and format.


After training, 44% of participants reported being motivated to implement alcohol screening and intervention. Satisfaction with training was high, and most participants reported that their knowledge of screening and brief intervention was improved.


Targeted educational interventions can improve the knowledge and confidence of inpatient staff who manage patients at high risk of alcohol use disorder. Further research is needed to determine the duration of the effect and influence on practice behaviour. Ongoing integrated training, linked with systemic support and established quality improvement processes, is required to facilitate sustained change and widespread dissemination.

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ID Code: 91339
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Aboriginal health, evaluation, education/training, research, trauma
DOI: 10.1111/ajr.12195
ISSN: 1440-1584
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2015 03:26
Last Modified: 17 May 2016 02:08

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