Family members' experiences of home alcohol detox.

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    Home detoxification from alcohol: a qualitative study investigating the experiences of family members.



  • Contact name

    Charles Cornford

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    1 years, 0 months, 1 days

  • Research summary

    Home detoxification for alcohol has become common and is considered safe provided certain criteria are met. It has a number of advantages over in-patient detoxification, including cost. However it relies on active involvement and help from family members. Family members themselves are likely to have struggled with the individual's alcohol addiction.
    Little is known about what family members think of the process of home detoxification. It is not known, for instance, what they find useful and helpful in the process, or what improvements might be made for their own help and support.
    The aim of the study is to understand the impact of home detoxification from alcohol on family members and to explore whether their needs are being met, and if not, how they might be better met by alcohol treatment services. This will be accomplished though a qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with family members.
    The study has been funded through South Tees CCG. The interviews will be carried out in two alcohol treatment services in Teesside both managed through the Fulcrum Medical Practice, a GP practice in Middlesbrough.
    The purpose will be to help alcohol treatment services better meet the needs of family members.

  • REC name

    North East - Tyne & Wear South Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    23 Dec 2016

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion