What do we know about alcohol internet interventions aimed at employees?—A scoping review

Sundström, Christopher, Forsström, David, Berman, Anne H., Khadjesari, Zarnie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2958-9555 and Sundqvist, Kristina (2023) What do we know about alcohol internet interventions aimed at employees?—A scoping review. Frontiers in Public Health, 11. ISSN 2296-2565

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Background: Internet interventions are a promising avenue for delivering alcohol prevention to employees. The objective of this scoping review was to map all research on alcohol internet interventions aimed at employees regardless of design, to gain an overview of current evidence and identify potential knowledge gaps. Methods: We conducted a literature search in three data bases (PsycInfo, PubMed, and Web of Science). Eligibility criteria were that (1) the study targeted employees age ≥18 years; (2) the intervention was delivered predominantly online; (3) the study focused specifically or in part on alcohol use; and (4) the study was published in English in a peer-reviewed academic journal. Two reviewers independently screened, reviewed, and extracted data. Results: Twenty studies were included, of which 10 were randomized controlled trials, five were secondary analyses, three were feasibility trials, one was a cohort study and one described the rationale and development of an intervention. No qualitative studies were found. Randomized trials tended to show effects when interventions were compared to waitlists but not when more intensive interventions were compared to less intensive ones. We identified two design-related aspects where studies differed; (1) whether all applicants were included regardless of alcohol use level and (2) whether the intervention was explicitly framed as alcohol-focused or not. Significant recruitment problems were noted in several studies. Conclusions: Alcohol internet interventions hold promise in delivering alcohol prevention to employees, but heterogeneity in study design and difficulties in recruitment complicate interpretation of findings. Systematic review registration: https://osf.io/25x7e/, Open Science Framework.

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Additional Information: Funding: This work was funded by AFA Försäkring.
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2023 10:30
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2023 01:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/91075
DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.929782

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