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Opportunistic screening and clinician-delivered brief intervention for high-risk alcohol use among emergency department attendees: A randomized controlled trial

Andrew W Dent, Tracey J Weiland, Georgina A Phillips, Nicole K Lee



OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of routine opportunistic screening and brief intervention (BI) by ED staff to reduce high-risk alcohol consumption. METHODS: This was an open, randomized controlled trial with allocation blinding performed over 12 months. Using the Paddington Alcohol Test, adult patients were screened for high-risk alcohol use. Consenting patients who were screened positive were eligible for randomization to no counselling (standard care, SC), same-day BI by an emergency nurse or doctor or motivational intervention (MI) within 1 week by off-site drug and alcohol counsellors. Telephone follow up was performed at 1 and 3 months. The primary outcome was maximu..

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