Volume 7 Supplement 1

International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs (INEBRIA) Meeting 2011

Open Access

Screening and brief intervention for alcohol use in a surgical oncology unit: framework, educational program, and qualitative analysis of the implementation process

  • Marion Barrault1,
  • Marianne Saint-Jacques1,
  • Gilliard Jérôme2,
  • Grados Clarisse1,
  • Garguil Véronique3,
  • Anne Bouyer1,
  • Lakdja Fabrice1 and
  • Bussieres Emmanuel1
Addiction Science & Clinical Practice20127(Suppl 1):A20

https://doi.org/10.1186/1940-0640-7-S1-A20

Published: 9 October 2012

It is well-documented that alcohol and tobacco consumption reduce treatment efficacy, increase side effects, may encourage relapse and/or secondary cancers, and affect quality of life in patients being treated for cancer. Because it represents a “teachable moment” for many of those diagnosed, cancer may create a window of opportunity in which to intervene, to help patients identify behaviors that put them at risk for poor health outcomes, and to provide them with the support required to make and adhere to desired lifestyle modifications. Despite scientific, clinical, and political incentives, SBI for risky alcohol use in cancer settings is poorly implemented. Stigmatization of people with addictive behaviors and lack of education about the health consequences of at-risk alcohol use may contribute to the limited dissemination of SBI. We present the framework of implementation for a clinical program of screening, case finding, and brief intervention for first-time cancer patients with at-risk alcohol behavior in a surgical oncology unit. Our educational program for health caregivers focuses on screening and detection procedures, interpersonal skills, openness to implementing new intervention programs, types of interventions, and SBI training. We also present results of a preliminary qualitative analysis of human and organizational barriers and facilitators to implementing an SBI program. Implementing specific training courses may help health professionals placing the problem of alcohol in a new perspective and eliminate the aspects of fatalism and resignation which are so often observed.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Department of Psychology, Bergonié Institute
(2)
Department of Addiction Psychology, Saint Nicolas Hospital Center
(3)
Department of Addiction Treatment, Charles Hospital Center

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© Barrault et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2012

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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