A national study of acute hospital-based alcohol health workers

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Alcohol health workers (AHWs) have been identified as an effective means of tackling alcohol-related hospital admissions. However, there is no understanding of the national coverage, or the extent and diversity of the services provided by hospital-based AHWs. Using a cross-sectional questionnaire, this is the first study to explore the current provision and remit of AHWs in acute hospitals across England. The data was analysed using SPSS. Significant differences were found with regards to the extent and diversity of AHW provision across England. This research provides a point of comparison for current and future hospital-based AHW provision. Further research is necessary to examine different 'service types', establish effective ways of working, and determine whether sources of funding could and should more accurately reflect the remit of hospital-based AHW roles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-208
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number4
Early online date4 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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