Episode 134: How can we integrate brief conversations about alcohol reduction into practice? Lessons from an Australian intervention

In this episode, we talk to Dr Liz Sturgiss, who is an Associate Professor of Primary Care Research at the School of Primary and Allied Health Care at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Paper: Multifaceted intervention to increase the delivery of alcohol brief interventions in primary care: a mixed-methods process analysis

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Brief interventions can reduce alcohol- related harm when delivered in general practice, but there is an implementation gap in routine clinical practice. The REACH programme, which includes resources for patients, clinicians, and clinics, can improve alcohol recording in the general practice setting. Enhanced alignment between national policy and clinical need can support preventive health innovations through existing channels. When appropriately resourced and supported, general practice can deliver alcohol brief interventions in daily practice.

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