Meeting the need for improving the diagnosis and treatment of alcohol abuse through interactive multimedia training for nursing students

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Alcohol abuse and binge drinking is on the increase, with Ireland having the highest percentage change in per capita of alcohol consumption in Europe since 1989 and one of the worst underage drinking problems in Europe, with one in three 15 year olds binge drinking on a regular bases. As a result, alcohol abuse is having a significant impact on the health service and its associated costs of provision but also a negative impact on economic productivity. In order to prevent the debilitating effects of long-term alcohol abuse it is becoming increasingly important to train medical professionals and nurses in particular, as to how to recognize the signs of and subsequently treat those who abuse alcohol. This paper presents the results of the development of an interactive multimedia training tool specifically designed to educate nursing students in the detection and treatment of alcohol abuse, utilising best practice Human Computer Interaction as well as instructional design, principles and techniques. Content covered includes: early, established, chronic and crucial phases of dependency; physical, psychological and social aspects of alcohol abuse; range of therapeutic interventions and; associated pharmacology.The results from an initial evaluation conducted with clinicians,Addiction Services Manager and academics teaching undergraduate nursing will be presented. Further work including the development of a patient- centered interactive multimedia education tool on alcohol abuse will be outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherHealthcare Informatics Society of Ireland
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004
Event9th Annual Conference of the Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland - Dublin
Duration: 1 Nov 2004 → …


Conference9th Annual Conference of the Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland
Period1/11/04 → …


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