Article

Factors influencing routine cognitive impairment screening in older at-risk drinkers: Findings from a qualitative study in the United Kingdom

Citation

Madoc-Jones I, Wadd S, Elliott L, McCann M, Seddon J, Close C, Adnum L, Dutton M, Whittaker A & Wilson F (2020) Factors influencing routine cognitive impairment screening in older at-risk drinkers: Findings from a qualitative study in the United Kingdom. Health and Social Care in the Community. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13093

Abstract
Cognitive Impairment (CI) screening is recommended for those engaged in harmful levels of alcohol use. However, there is a lack of evidence on implementation. This paper explores the barriers and facilitators to CI screening experienced across a service specifically for older drinkers. The findings draw on data gathered as part of an evaluation of a multilevel programme to reduce alcohol related harm in adults aged 50 and over in five demonstration areas across the UK. It is based on qualitative interviews and focus groups with 14 service providers and 22 service users. Findings are presented thematically under the section headings: acceptability of screening, interpretation and making sense of screening, and treatment options. It is suggested that engagement with CI screening is most likely when its fit with agency culture and its purpose is clear; where service providers have the technical skills to administer and discuss the results of screening with service users; and where those undertaking screening have had the opportunity to reflect on their own experience of being screened. Engagement with CI screening is also most likely where specific intervention pathways and engagement practices can be accessed to respond to assessed need.

Keywords
Cognitive Impairment; Screening; Implementation; Barriers

Notes
Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
Health and Social Care in the Community

StatusIn Press
Publication date online14/07/2020
Date accepted by journal17/06/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/31305
ISSN0966-0410
eISSN1365-2524