Perceived barriers to implementing screening and brief intervention for alcohol consumption by adolescents in hospital emergency department in Spain

María Falcón, Javier Navarro-Zaragoza, Rosa María García-Rodríguez, Daniel Nova-López, María Dulce González-Navarro, María Mercadal, Óscar García-Algar, Aurelio Luna Ruiz-Cabello

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    Abstract

    © 2018, Edita Socidrogalcohol. All rights reserved. Background: Screening for alcohol consumption in adolescents is widely justified in the health care field because of the particular vulnerability of this population, which starts drinking alcohol at a very early age and frequently consumes high levels of the same. Hospital emergency departments (ED) could be a good venue to manage early detection and carry out brief intervention (BI) programmes. Objectives: The aim of this study was to identify perceived barriers for medical staff of three hospitals in Spain to successfully implement a protocol for alcohol detection and BI for minors in the ED. Methods: Exploratory qualitative analysis using focus groups with semi structured, flexible and open-ended questions to explore beliefs, attitudes, and barriers perceived by professionals to screening alcohol consumption and implementing BI in adolescents attended at the ED. Results: The main perceived barriers by health professionals were lack of time, work overload, mistrust, lack of validated and simple screening tools, lack of training/awareness and legal concerns about informed consent and confidentiality. Conclusions: Barriers to screening and intervention in ED are similar to those described previously. It is necessary to improve organization of time allocated for medical consultations, avoid limiting ED resources, motivate staff and provide appropriate training.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)189-196
    JournalAdicciones
    Volume30
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

    Keywords

    • Adolescents
    • Alcohol
    • Brief intervention
    • Emergency department
    • Perceived barriers
    • Screening

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