Aim: The aim of this study was to address the paucity of research relating to the treatment of those with Alcohol-Related Neurocognitive Disorders (ARNDs) by exploring professional perspectives on effective intervention and the associated challenges.
Methods: A representative sample of health and social care professionals (n=17) involved in supporting those with ARNDs (eg, psychiatrists, specialist nurses, social workers) were recruited for participation in semi-structured interviews using purposive sampling. Qualitative content analysis was used to systematically analyse interview transcripts and develop a coding frame to structure and discuss findings. The reliability of the analysis was demonstrated through high levels of inter-observer consistency when using the coding frame during pilot testing (Krippendorff’s a = .840, 95% CIs [.782, .891]) and subsequent coding (a = .865, 95% CIs [8.32, .895]).
Results: Twenty-five subcategories were developed to represent the multifarious challenges associated with treating those with ARNDs reported by participants, including the challenging behaviours of those with the disorders and their significant physical and mental health needs, as well as a general lack of understanding and awareness of ARNDs. Twenty-seven subcategories were developed to reflect the various strategies participants recommended for effective treatment, including first ensuring a comprehensive assessment and diagnostic process is undertaken, multidisciplinary input, and person-specific interventions.
Conclusions: Findings offer a novel understanding of ARND treatment from a variety of perspectives and can be used to inform the development of new, evidence-based guidelines and policy and comprehensive rehabilitation programs for those with ARNDs. Findings also highlight directions for future research exploring the efficacy of the specific interventions currently in use and recommended by participants here that are yet to be empirically evaluated.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAlcohol Treatment Quarterly
Publication statusSubmitted - Nov 2020

    Research areas

  • Alcohol-related neurocognitive disorders; Korsakoff’s syndrome; Alcohol-related dementia; Alcohol-related brain damage; Qualitative content analysis.

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