Factors impacting on development and implementation of training programs for health professionals to deliver brief interventions, with a focus on programs developed for indigenous clients: A literature review

Saji Sebastian, David P. Thomas, Julie Brimblecombe, Vongayi Majoni, Frances C. Cunningham

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This paper reviews the literature on evaluations of brief intervention training programs for health professionals which address one or more lifestyle factors of chronic disease to identify factors impacting on development and implementation of programs. A search was conducted of the literature evaluating brief intervention training programs from 2000–2019 in the databases: Medline, CINAHL, Psychinfo, Academic Premier, Science Direct, Ovid (Including EMBASE and Healthstar), Web of Science and Informit. The content analysis and data extraction were aligned to the domains in the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR) to assist in the narrative synthesis. The search identified eight evaluations of programs targeting multiple risk factors, and 17 targeting single risk factors. The behavioural risk factor most commonly addressed was smoking, followed by alcohol and drug use. Programs consisted of face-to-face workshops and/or online or distance learning methods. Facilitators included availability of sustainable funding, adapting the program to suit the organisation’s structural characteristics and adoption of the intervention into routine client care. For Indigenous programs, the use of culturally appropriate images and language, consultation with Indigenous communities, and development of resources specific to the communities targeted were important considerations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1094
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2020


  • Brief intervention
  • Brief therapy
  • CFIR
  • Chronic disease
  • Indigenous
  • Training program

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