Nurse-led interventions aimed at socially excluded populations

In the context of health promotion actions targeted at populations at high risk of HIV/HBV/HCV infection, such as young homeless individuals, it is crucial to implement nurse-led interventions, as they positively impact substance use among the served population. Brief interventions are recommended to reduce substance use, leveraging the actions of health promotion programs related to the previously mentioned infections.

For these interventions, it is recommended that the nursing professional has experience in caring for young homeless populations, being able to establish therapeutic relationships with minimal hierarchy, which appears to aid therapeutic adherence among the target population. Qualities such as calmness, empathy, and the ability to connect with users as part of a trusted community seem to improve outcomes related to the use of substances like cannabis and alcohol among these socially excluded populations.


Bibliography: Nyamathi A, Kennedy B, Branson C, Salem B, Khalilifard F, Marfisee M, et al. Impact of Nursing Intervention on Improving HIV, Hepatitis Knowledge and Mental Health Among Homeless Young Adults. Community Ment Health J. abril de 2013;49(2):178-84.


Alcohol, Cannabis, cocaine

Preventive intervention level



Primary Care, Specialized care, Addiction treatment centers, Community settings



Age range

Under 14


adolescents, alcohol, Community, Social factors, young people, youth

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