Patient education for alcohol cessation intervention at the time of acute fracture surgery: study protocol for a randomised clinical multi-centre trial on a gold standard programme (Scand-Ankle).

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Patients with hazardous alcohol intake are overrepresented in emergency departments and surgical wards. These patients have an increased risk of postoperative complications with prolonged hospital stays and admissions to intensive care unit after surgery. In elective surgery, preoperative alcohol cessation interventions can reduce postoperative complications, but no studies have investigated the effect of alcohol cessation intervention at the time of acute fracture surgery. This protocol describes a randomised clinical trial that aims to evaluate the effect of a new gold standard programme for alcohol cessation intervention in the perioperative period regarding postoperative complications, alcohol intake and cost-effectiveness.


  • Hanne Tønnesen
  • Julie Weber Egholm
  • Kristian Oppedal
  • Jes Bruun Lauritzen
  • Bjørn Lindegård Madsen
  • Bolette Pedersen
External organisations
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Stavanger University Hospital
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  • Surgery
Original languageEnglish
Article number52
JournalBMC Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch

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