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Federal structures of the prevention of alcohol misuse among children and youths

German Medical Science GMS Publishing House
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DOI: 10.3205/hta000104
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Untitled Federal structures of the prevention of alcohol misuse among children and youths Dieter Korczak1 1 GP Forschungsgruppe, Institut für Grundlagen- und Programmforschung, München, Germany Summary Health political background Hazardous alcohol consumption of children, adolescents and young adults has been increasing for several years in Germany. Alcohol prevention programs are intended to stop this development. For the review of the efficacy of these programs the German Institute for Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI) has commis- sioned a health technology assessment (HTA) which has given an international overview of the efficacy of alcohol prevention measures. German alcohol prevention meas- ures are insufficiently included in scientific electronic data bases. This report has therefore the aim to find out the efficacy of German alcohol prevention programs and the federal structures of funding bodies. Scientific background The HTA-report “Prevention of alcohol misuse among children, youths and young adults” (DIMDI, Band 112, 2011) has shown that internationally only a few preven- tion measures lead to a sustainable reduction of the amount and/or frequency of alcohol consumption. For Germany a deficit regarding the efficacy evaluation of alcohol preventivemeasures has been stated. Additionally the need of the development of specific and target group oriented preventive measure has been pointed out. Research questions Who are the funding bodies of alcohol prevention pro- grams for children, adolescents and young adults in Germany? How are the alcohol preventive measures financed in Germany? Which alcohol preventive projects are evaluated in Ger- many? Which alcohol preventive measures are effective in Ger- many (efficacy evaluation)? Methods The funding bodies of alcohol prevention programs have been identified by an internet research. To gather the current alcohol prevention programs a written survey has been conducted among 17 federal institutions, 69 s

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