Strategies to increase community-based intervention research aimed at reducing excessive alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm

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  • CONOR GILLIGAN,

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    1. Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour, School of Medicine and Public health, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia
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  • ROB SANSON-FISHER,

    1. Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour, School of Medicine and Public health, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia
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  • AMY E. ANDERSON,

    1. Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour, School of Medicine and Public health, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia
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  • CATHERINE D'ESTE

    1. Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour, School of Medicine and Public health, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia
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Conor Gilligan PhD, Lecturer in Health Behaviour, Rob Sanson-Fisher PhD, Laureate Professor of Health Behaviour, Amy E. Anderson BPsyc (Hons), Research Assistant, Catherine D'Este PhD, Professor of Biostatistics. Dr Conor Gilligan, Discipline of Health Behaviour Sciences, University of Newcastle, David Maddison Building, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia. Tel: +61 (0)2 4913 8635; Fax: +61 (0)2 4913 8148; E-mail: conor.gilligan@newcastle.edu.au

Abstract

There is a need for evidence to guide alcohol harm reduction programs at the population, system or community level. Such evidence should be derived from methodologically rigorous intervention research. Furthermore, overviews of research output indicate that while interventions are occurring in this field, the dominance of descriptive research continues. Here we present suggestions regarding the most important facilitators of producing high-quality intervention research aimed at reducing alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm at the population or community level. These suggestions are guided and supported by researchers in the field, whose perceptions were sought through a Web-based survey. Routine collection of relevant data, publication of negative results and reconsideration of funding priorities were ranked highest in terms of their importance in increasing intervention research. The importance of the strategies is marred by limitations of feasibility, clearly acting as a barrier to their adoption. It is likely to be necessary to overcome these limitations in order to achieve change.[Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher R, Anderson AE, D'Este C. Strategies to increase community-based intervention research aimed at reducing excessive alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm. Drug Alcohol Rev 2010;30:659–663]

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