ADAM Newsletter- December 2015

Trial Launch

The trial will go live in January 2016!

 

ADAM study

Adam team

The ADAM study is a national trial exploring how service users could be supported to take the medication acamprosate by pharmacists. There is good evidence for the effectiveness of acamprosate for preventing relapse to dependent drinking. Despite this, adherence to this medication is low and therefore the positive benefit that could be gained from taking it is not reached in all patients. The unique aspect of this study is that it will involve pharmacists who will be trained to support patients to take acamprosate as prescribed. This study is led by Professor Colin Drummond, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience; King’s College London, is funded by The National Institute for Health Research and is listed as a National Portfolio study.

Training and development

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Register your interest now for the Addictions MOOC

Understanding Drugs and Addiction massive open online course (MOOC) starts on the 7th March 2016. This free course explores how addictions develop, looking at the environmental, genetic and individual risks, best practice in treatment and policy, future directions in addiction science. Over 34,000 people have enrolled in this course over the past two years.   Register your interest now here!

 

 

 

Telephone Support Pharmacist’s Training Complete

 

Christmas Update

 

In November we delivered the two-day training for the telephone support pharmacists on the medication management (MM) intervention and contingency management (CM). MM is a brief discussion that involves receiving information, advice and support about alcohol and acamprosate over the phone. CM is a voucher incentive the participants receive for engaging in the telephone intervention.

Over the two days the pharmacists role-played different scenarios with actors and practiced advanced communication and interpersonal skills. The training also encouraged reflective practice and an empathetic approach to delivering the intervention.  The pharmacists have been trained to support the patients in developing strategies to manage their medication, including understanding how acamprosate works, adhering to the dosage, managing side-effects and education about their medication and alcohol dependence.
Although intensive the feedback from the training has been extremely positive. The ADAM team will continue to support and advise the telephone support pharmacists through the project.

Sites Update

The research team has been busy visiting the community pharmacies that are taking part across London and Birmingham this term. All London community pharmacy visits are complete! The visits have been very positive with many pharmacists expressing an interest in alcohol dependency research. Visits for Hull and Southampton will start in the New Year.

We are pleased to welcome our telephone support pharmacists Ikhlaq Hussain and Radu Juverdeanu to the ADAM team!