Those of us drinking at increasing and higher risk levels have few options available for help and usually become very ill. The brief treatment pathway helps us to reduce our drinking and stem or reverse the path to poor health.
This Brief Treatment Pathway (BTP) is a joint working project, managed by Wessex AHSN and Lundbeck. We have developed a pathway for those people who drink at increasing and higher risk levels. We will be finding out if the pathway is working, whether it helps to improve health and if it is cost effective.
We expect that people who benefit from the pathway will reduce their drinking levels by a quarter, visit hospital emergency departments less often and – if they happen to be admitted to hospital – be discharged sooner.
NICE has published an adoption resource, which aims to support people using the NICE guidance: Nalmefene for reducing alcohol consumption in people with alcohol dependence. This new resource, published 16th October 2015, has been designed for both clinical and non-clinical staff to help them introduce nalmefene into their local care pathways safely and effectively. It will be particularly relevant and useful to colleagues and stakeholders who provide, commission or have an interest in alcohol services.
You can also view slides about the pathway delivered at our 2016 Getting to Grips with Alcohol 2016 conference below: