Screening and brief interventions for hazardous alcohol use in accident and emergency departments: a randomised controlled trial protocol

Coulton, Simon and Perryman, Katherine and Bland, Martin and Cassidy, Paul and Crawford, Mike and Deluca, Paolo and Drummond, Colin and Gilvarry, Eilish and Godfrey, Christine and Heather, Nick and Kaner, Eileen and Miles, Judy and Newbury-Birch, Dorothy and Oyefeso, Adenekan and Parrott, Steve and Philips, Tom and Shenker, Don and Shepherd, Jonathan (2009) Screening and brief interventions for hazardous alcohol use in accident and emergency departments: a randomised controlled trial protocol. Bmc Health Services Research, 9 . p. 114. ISSN 1472-6963. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Background There is a wealth of evidence regarding the detrimental impact of excessive alcohol consumption on the physical, psychological and social health of the population. There also exists a substantial evidence base for the efficacy of brief interventions aimed at reducing alcohol consumption across a range of healthcare settings. Primary research conducted in emergency departments has reinforced the current evidence regarding the potential effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. Within this body of evidence there is marked variation in the intensity of brief intervention delivered, from very minimal interventions to more intensive behavioural or lifestyle counselling approaches. Further the majority of primary research has been conducted in single centre and there is little evidence of the wider issues of generalisability and implementation of brief interventions across emergency departments. Methods/design The study design is a prospective pragmatic factorial cluster randomised controlled trial. Individual Emergency Departments (ED) (n = 9) are randomised with equal probability to a combination of screening tool (M-SASQ vs FAST vs SIPS-PAT) and an intervention (Minimal intervention vs Brief advice vs Brief lifestyle counselling). The primary hypothesis is that brief lifestyle counselling delivered by an Alcohol Health Worker (AHW) is more effective than Brief Advice or a minimal intervention delivered by ED staff. Secondary hypotheses address whether short screening instruments are more acceptable and as efficient as longer screening instruments and the cost-effectiveness of screening and brief interventions in ED. Individual participants will be followed up at 6 and 12 months after consent. The primary outcome measure is performance using a gold-standard screening test (AUDIT). Secondary outcomes include; quantity and frequency of alcohol consumed, alcohol-related problems, motivation to change, health related quality of life and service utilisation. Discussion This paper presents a protocol for a large multi-centre pragmatic factorial cluster randomised trial to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of screening and brief interventions for hazardous alcohol users attending emergency departments.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV5001 Alcohol use and miuse
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2011 14:15
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2014 13:40
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/27941 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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