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J Am Coll Health. 2015;63(5):330-6. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2015.1015021.

Change IS Possible: Reducing High-Risk Drinking Using a Collaborative Improvement Model.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the adoption of public health and improvement methodologies to address college students' high-risk drinking behaviors and to aid in prevention efforts.

PARTICIPANTS:

Members of 32 colleges and universities, content experts, and staff members of the National College Health Improvement Program (NCHIP).

METHODS:

A 2-year learning collaborative developed by NCHIP trained individuals from 32 different college and universities in using the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle as a method to create and implement initiatives aimed at reducing students' high-risk drinking behaviors and related harms.

RESULTS:

Participants experienced success ranging from noteworthy increases in type and amount of interventions directed at reducing high-risk drinking, to creating collaboratives across campus, the local community, and stakeholders. Challenges related to data collection and creating lasting cultural change remain.

CONCLUSIONS:

The use of quality improvement methodologies and creation of a national collaborative successfully effected meaningful change in high-risk drinking behaviors on college campuses.

KEYWORDS:

Plan–Do–Study–Act (PDSA); high-risk drinking; learning collaborative; measurement; model for improvement

PMID:
25692998
DOI:
10.1080/07448481.2015.1015021
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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