Journal article

An empirical approach to selecting community-based alcohol interventions: combining research evidence, rural community views and professional opinion

Anthony Shakeshaft, Dennis Petrie, Christopher Doran, Courtney Breen, Robert Sanson-Fisher

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Given limited research evidence for community-based alcohol interventions, this study examines the intervention preferences of rural communities and alcohol professionals, and factors that influence their choices. METHOD: Community preferences were identified by a survey of randomly selected individuals across 20 regional Australian communities. The preferences of alcohol professionals were identified by a survey of randomly selected members of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs. To identify preferred interventions and the extent of support for them, a budget allocation exercise was embedded in both surveys, asking respondents to allocate a given bud..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This specific study was devised and implemented by the authors, but valuable assistance in data collection and comments on the draft manuscripts were provided by members of the AARC research team. The study would not have been possible without the assistance of the AARC communities, Australian drug and alcohol professionals and the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs. This study was funded as part of the AARC project by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).