The clinical and cost effectiveness of counselling interventions for heavy alcohol drinkers to reduce domestic violence

Ting S, Connock M, Meads C
Record ID 32007000092
Authors' objectives:

The aim of this report was to systematically review the evidence on the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of counselling interventions for heavy alcohol drinkers to reduce domestic violence (DV).

Authors' results and conclusions: Six 'before and after' studies of poor quality were included in the clinical effectiveness systematic review. The general trend of the results suggested that counselling interventions that reduced alcohol consumption also seemed to reduce DV incidence. There was a reduction in DV incidence after compared to before the interventions and also in remitted participants compared to those who had continued to abuse alcohol.
Authors' recommendations: Counselling interventions for heavy alcohol drinkers may possibly be effective and cost-effective in reducing DV. The generalisability of this finding to the West Midlands region is relatively low because of the poor quality of the included studies and the fact that the clinical effectiveness studies were undertaken in the USA. In addition, we have very few details of the nature, content and duration of the counselling interventions. However, these promising results should be confirmed by a larger and better quality study.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2006
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England
MeSH Terms
  • Counseling
  • Domestic Violence
Organisation Name: West Midlands Health Technology Assessment Collaboration
Contact Address: Elaena Donald-Lopez, West Midlands Health Technology Assessment Collaboration, Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT Tel: +44 121 414 7450; Fax: +44 121 414 7878
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Copyright: University of Birmingham
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