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Adolescent alcohol consumption: protocol for a scoping review of screening and assessment tools used in Africa

Briegal, Eleanor, Biggane, Alice and Obasi, Angela ORCID: (2021) 'Adolescent alcohol consumption: protocol for a scoping review of screening and assessment tools used in Africa'. Systematic Reviews, Vol 10, Issue 1, p. 100.

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Background: Alcohol consumption is a key public health challenge in sub-Saharan Africa, which has the highest burden of alcohol attributable injury and disease of any region. Excess alcohol use is particularly harmful for adolescents and has been associated with neurocognitive defects and social and emotional problems. Effective
screening and assessment tools are necessary to implement, evaluate and monitor interventions to prevent and decrease adolescent alcohol use. Most of these tools have been used among adolescent groups in high income settings; data on their effectiveness in Africa, where much alcohol use is unregulated, is limited. This scoping review will examine and map the range of tools in use and create an evidence base for future research in adolescent alcohol prevention and control in Africa.
Methods: The review will include all relevant study designs and grey literature. Inclusion and exclusion criteria have
been designed using the Population – Concept – Context framework, and two reviewers will independently screen titles, abstracts and then full text to determine eligibility of articles. The Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, CINAHL and Global Health data bases will be searched for peer reviewed publications. The search strategy for grey literature will include Google searches and searches in websites of pertinent professional bodies and charities. The methodological
framework proposed by Arksey and O’Malley and adaptations by the Joanna Briggs Institute and Levac et al. will be used. An iterative approach to charting, collating, summarising and reporting the data will be taken, with the development of charting forms and the final presentation of results led by the extracted data.
Results: This scoping review protocol describes a secondary analysis of data already collected to explore and map alcohol consumption measurement tools in adolescents in Africa.
Conclusions: It is anticipated that our findings will provide an evidence base surrounding tools used to measure adolescent alcohol consumption in Africa. These findings are likely to be useful in informing future research, policy and public health strategies. Findings will be disseminated widely through peer-reviewed publication and in various media, for example, conferences, congresses or symposia.
Systematic review registration: Scoping Review Registration: Open Science Framework (
Keywords: Scoping review, Alcohol screening tools, Alcohol assessment tools, Adolescents, Africa

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WM Psychiatry > WM 100 General works
WS Pediatrics > By Age Groups > WS 460 Adolescence (General)
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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Depositing User: Rachel Dominguez
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2021 09:12
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2021 09:12


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