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Drug consumption rooms, core outcome sets and more with Gillian Shorter
Dr Gillian Shorter talks to podcast host Rob Calder about her research into drug consumption rooms, including how they work, why she doesn’t believe they are controversial interventions, and what the evidence base suggests about their effectiveness.
“The big thing that always comes up though is ‘why are there no randomised controlled trials?’ It comes up every time and it's a very simple answer. We know these places save lives. We have an evidence base across multiple countries to show that it does. So, it's not ethical to randomise one area to have a drug consumption room and one not to.”
She also explains the ethos behind her decision to research brief alcohol interventions and safer consumption facilities – two seemingly disparate types of substance use intervention – as well as her experience developing core outcome sets and her role with the Drugs and Alcohol Research Network (DARN).
Papers mentioned in the podcast include the following:
- The effect of question order on outcomes in the orbital core outcome set for alcohol brief interventions among online help-seekers (QOBCOS): Findings from a randomised factorial trial. By Marcus Bendtsen and colleagues. Published in Digital Health (2023).
- Overdose prevention centres in the UK. By Adam Holland and colleagues. Published in The Lancet (2022).
- The United Kingdom's first unsanctioned overdose prevention site; A proof-of-concept evaluation. By Gillian Shorter and colleagues. Published in the International Journal of Drug Policy (2022).
- Prioritizing variables for evaluating the efficacy and effectiveness of brief interventions for reducing alcohol consumption: A Latin American perspective. By Marcela Tiburcio and colleagues. Published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (2022).
- The “Outcome Reporting in Brief Intervention Trials: Alcohol” (ORBITAL) core outcome set: International consensus on outcomes to measure in efficacy and effectiveness trials of alcohol brief interventions. By Gillian Shorter and colleagues. Published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (2021).
- Prioritization of outcomes in efficacy and effectiveness of alcohol brief intervention trials: International multi-stakeholder e-Delphi consensus study to inform a core outcome set. By Gillian Shorter and colleagues. Published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (2019).
Gillian Shorter’s work on core outcome sets for alcohol brief interventions (ORBITAL project) was funded by Alcohol Change/Alcohol Research UK (Research Innovation Grant Number: R2016/04) and her work on drug consumption rooms is supported by a grant from National Institutes of Health Research (NIHR204582: co-PI Professor Alex Stevens and Dr Gillian Shorter).
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