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C39. Readiness to change in men with risk and harmful alcohol use: Effect of Brief Group Intervention

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  • 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.


The prevalence of problematic alcohol use in men is higher when compared to women. In the region of the Americas, this type of use changed between 2013 and 2015, evidenced by an increase of 4.6% to 13% in women and 17.9% to 29.4% in men. Brief group intervention can be an effective strategy in the change process in people who have risk or harmful alcohol use, so this study aims to assess the effect of IBG on readiness for change and its relationship with alcohol use in men. Methods: Randomized clinical trial, conducted in a primary health care unit in São Paulo (Brazil). 112 men were randomized in the experimental group (n = 55) and in the control group (n = 57). The Readiness to Change Ruler (RTC) and the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) were used to assess the RTC and alcohol use. The experimental group received a brief group intervention, the control group was instructed to continue with the unit’s standard care. The data were analyzed using the Generalized Equations Estimating method. Results: A significant difference was observed between the experimental (GE) and control (CG) groups overtime. The correlation between readiness for change and pattern of use over time was reasonable. Conclusion: IBG was shown to be effective in increasing readiness for change when compared to the control group. There was a correlation between readiness for change and a decrease in the pattern of alcohol use after participating in the brief group intervention.

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 the 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 the nursing care of the client with addictions and psychiatric mental health disorders. His research interests are nursing an addiction: alcohol other drugs with a 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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