Journal of Health Psychology
Although brief alcohol interventions have proven effective in a variety of health care settings, the present article describes the development of the first brief intervention for heavy drinkers in dental practice. Elements of motivational interviewing and personalized normative feedback were incorporated in a 3- to 5-minute intervention delivered by dental hygienists. The intervention is guided by a one-page feedback report providing personalized normative feedback regarding the patient's current oral health practices, their drinking in comparison to others, and oral cancer risk associated with current smoking and drinking. Future publications will present data regarding intervention effectiveness from an ongoing randomized trial.
Original Publication Citation
Neff, J. A., Walters, S. T., Braitman, A. L., Kelley, M. L., Paulson, J. F., Brickhouse, T. H., . . . Walsh, M. M. (2013). A brief motivational intervention for heavy alcohol use in dental practice settings: Rationale and development. Journal of Health Psychology, 18(4), 542-553. doi:10.1177/1359105312452314
Neff, James A.; Walters, Scott T.; Braitman, Abby L.; Kelley, Michelle L.; Darby, Michele L.; and Lemaster, Margaret F., "A Brief Motivational Intervention for Heavy Alcohol Use in Dental Practice Settings: Rationale and Development" (2013). Psychology Faculty Publications. 48.