Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 51, Issue 5, pp 546–553 | Cite as

Screening and Brief Intervention for Alcohol Misuse in Older Adults: Training Outcomes Among Physicians and Other Healthcare Practitioners in Community-Based Settings

  • Constance L. Coogle
  • Myra G. Owens
Brief Communication


Screening and brief intervention (SBI) is increasingly available to older adults who engage in at-risk drinking. This study examined the extent to which SBI training influenced the willingness of healthcare providers in a community-based hospital and other clinical settings to promote the implementation of SBI. Ninety-three healthcare practitioners (primarily physicians, nurses, and social workers) who attended SBI training were asked about their intentions to apply the information in their professional practice, as well as their enthusiasm about recommending the training to others in their profession. Although there were no differences among the professions in terms of commitment to apply the information or level of comfort using the techniques, physicians were less interested in promoting SBI training among their colleagues. Although it may be more difficult to promote SBI in locations that don’t primarily provide mental health services, results suggest that primary care settings are precisely where training may be most useful.


Alcohol Substance abuse treatment Continuing medical education Elderly At-risk drinking 



The authors wish to acknowledge the trainers, whose participation was made possible through funding from the Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group, Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control: (1) Michael Weaver, MD, FASAM, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston and Medical Director at the Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addiction; (2) Caitlin K. Barthelmes, MPH with the Brief Negotiated Interview-Active Referral to Treatment (BNI-ART) Institute, School of Public Health at Boston University Medical Center.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Virginia Center on Aging, School of Allied Health ProfessionsVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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