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C38. Randomized controlled trial of a brief group intervention for unhealthy alcohol use in men

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Learning objectives:

  • Participants will be able to understand and assess the effect of IBG on readiness for change and its relationship with the pattern of alcohol use in men.


Background: The problematic alcohol use in the male population continues to be a public health problem in the world. The application of Brief Intervention (BI) has been configured as an effective strategy to change behavior related to alcohol use in the population. More recently, due to the limitations of individual IB, the Brief Group Intervention (BGI) has been proposed as a strategy with the potential to improve the IB performance. This study evaluated the effectiveness of the BGI in reducing alcohol in men with risk and harmful alcohol use.
Methods: Randomized clinical trial, with a follow-up of 30 and 90 days, conducted in a primary health care unit in Brazil. Were randomized 112 men, 55 were allocated to the experimental group, and 57 to the control group. The alcohol use was assessed in both groups, using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). The experimental group received a brief group intervention session with the FRAMES model, and the control group continues with the usual care of the unit. The data were analyzed by intention to treat, using the GEE method (Generalized Equations Estimating).
Results: This study showed that there was a significant difference (p <0.001) between the experimental (GE) and control (CG) groups in alcohol use.
Conclusions: The results of this study suggest the application of IBG is an effective approach with the potential to reduce alcohol use in the male population.

Speaker Bio

Erika Gisseth León Ramírez has a degree in nursing by the National University of Colombia (2011), Ph.D. and master’s degree in Psychiatric Nursing by the University of São Paulo (2015). Currently, she is a member of Research group of Centre of Studies and Researches in Nursing Addictions of the University of São Paulo. With her team of studies, she has been conducted randomized controlled trials to evaluate the efficacy of Brief Intervention and she has experience in the area of Mental Health in Nursing, with an emphasis on Addiction. She has focused, mainly, in the subjects: Brief intervention, Attitude toward alcohol and alcoholism and development, adaptation and validation of scales.
Dr. Vargas’ interest is in contributing to the advancement of nursing in additions, through the improvement and the training of researchers in the area of nursing in additions, in conducting research and studies aimed at producing and disseminating knowledge to foster the practice of nursing and the nurse in the prevention, identification, treatment and care for individuals with related disorders the additions in different situations and scenarios that involve the care to this population. Dr Vargas has clinical experience in nursing care of the client with addictions and psychiatric mental health disorders. His research interests are nursing an addiction: alcohol other drugs with concentration in the following subjects: attitudes, education and knowledge of nurses and undergraduate nurses towards alcohol, alcoholism and alcoholic patient, Substance Use Disorders vulnerable populations and Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders. He is a member of the International Nurses Society on Addiction and International Institute Nursing Leadership Alliance in Nursing Education for Substance Use Disorders. He has mentored several master and pre-doctoral candidates with addiction research interests in Brazil and has published widely in Latin American journals.

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Divane de Vargas
Erika Gisseth León Ramírez
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