The BISTAIRS (Brief InterventionS in the Treatment of Alcohol use disorders In Relevant Settings) project partnership aims to intensify the implementation of brief interventions (BI) in a range of relevant settings by identifying, systematising and extending good practice of BI across the EU.
The project partnership is consisting of 7 partners from 6 EU Member states, pursuing the common goal to increase the impact of evidence-based brief interventions on alcohol related disorders in Europe. Most experience in BI implementation has been gathered in primary health care (PHC) settings in high income countries, the project aims to foster BI implementation in further settings (workplace health services, emergency care and social services) and countries, to contribute to a widespread BI implementation in the EU.
The call of this project is listed under the second specific priority area “promote health” of the EU programme on health 2008-2013. By addressing the issue of alcohol use disorders, BISTAIRS is tackling one of the major EU public-health determinates and will contribute to the EU programme`s aim to reduce alcohol related health inequalities in Europe. A key component is the development and dissemination of evidence-based professional health information in terms of policy recommendations and guidelines. BISTAIRS wil address policy makers, networks and associations as well as professionals being in contact with harmful alcohol drinkers. This will lead to an advanced understanding of stakeholders about the importance of secondary prevention on alcohol in the EU and, secondly, to an improvement of competences among professionals.
A brief questionnaire will be sent out to members of the respective networks, to create a map of the current implementation status of BI in the EU. For the tailoring of BI toolkits, the scientific board will select BI approaches to be evaluated in field tests, by using a pro-con analysis. A minimum of four field tests (one in each setting) will be conducted in 5 countries (three of them with lower experience in the implementation of BI) by taking into account specific different contexts (identification, BI, referral to treatment). Focus groups will be used for field-test evaluation. For guideline preparation, a second scientific board meeting will be used for decision-making purposes, applying adequate methodologies for consensus finding (e.g. Delphi-technique).
BISTAIRS will result in a comprehensive set of tailored and field-tested BI tools, methods and materials. This will include an updated evidence report with a special focus on BI in workplace health care, emergency care and social services, and a map of their current implementation status across the EU. Based on this, guidelines for the development and rolling out of future BI implementation approaches in Europe will be provided, including a concrete plan for further dissemination across the EU.