Emergency Department Intervention Does Not Reduce Heavy Drinking or Partner Violence

EUREKALERT (08/04) – A brief motivational intervention delivered during an emergency department visit did not improve outcomes for women with heavy drinking involved in abusive relationships, according to a study in the August 4 issue of JAMA, a violence/human rights theme issue. There is a strong and reciprocal association between two highly prevalent public health problems: intimate partner violence (IPV) and heavy drinking. Each risk individually represents major costs to individuals, families, and society. The emergency department (ED) visit is conceptualized as a sensitive period or window of time when exposure to motivational health promotion might have an influence on behaviors. Integrated brief interventions for IPV and heavy drinking have not been tested, according to background information in the article. Read more

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