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Development of a multicentre randomised controlled trial of screening and brief alcohol intervention to prevent risky drinking in young people in a high-school setting (SIPS JR-HIGH).

Giles, Emma Louise, Scott, Stephanie, Coulton, Simon, Deluca, Paolo, Drummond, Colin, Graybill, Erin, Howel, Denise, Kaner, Eileen, McColl, Elaine, McGovern, Ruth, and others. (2015) Development of a multicentre randomised controlled trial of screening and brief alcohol intervention to prevent risky drinking in young people in a high-school setting (SIPS JR-HIGH). Lancet, 386 (Supp 2). S37. ISSN 0140-6736. E-ISSN 1474-547X. (doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00875-2) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Background Young people are vulnerable to the effects of alcohol consumption. Adverse effects from alcohol manifest in a range of short-term and long-term physical and psychosocial factors, including neurological issues, cognitive impairment, and risk-taking behaviours. The aim of the SIPS JR-HIGH, a multicentre randomised controlled trial (RCT), is to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of alcohol screening and brief intervention to reduce risky drinking in young people aged 14–15 years in the English high-school setting. Methods Building on a mixed-method cluster-randomised controlled pilot feasibility trial (Current Controlled Trials, ISRCTN07073105), the proposed sample for the definitive trial, to be conducted from September, 2015, to December, 2017, has been calculated to have 90% power and will follow up 257 young people in each arm at 12-month follow-up (ISRCTN45691494). 20 schools will be recruited (in September, 2015), five of which will be from North East England, North West England, London, and Kent. The RCT will incorporate a control arm of usual school-based practice on alcohol issues and an intervention arm that combines usual care with a 30 min brief intervention delivered by school learning mentors. Individual pupils will be randomised to one of the two arms. The primary outcome will be total alcohol consumed in the past 28 days judged by the 28 day Time Line Follow Back method. Descriptive statistical analysis will be used to report the pupil-level baseline data, with multiple linear regressions being used to compare the primary outcomes between the two arms at 12 months. Findings The pilot trial guided the development of the manualised intervention, which includes process information and a 30 min personalised interactive worksheet-based session delivered by learning mentors. The pilot suggested that this intervention was acceptable, but an intervention with parental involvement was not found to be feasible, with parents not engaging with the research. Interpretation Little evidence exists in a UK context to explore screening and brief intervention to reduce risky drinking in young adolescents. The pilot trial has informed the design of the upcoming definitive trial which, if the intervention is effective, will facilitate the development of manualised screening and brief intervention to be adopted in routine school practice in high schools in England.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00875-2
Projects: [13] Welfare Reform and the Management of Societal Change
Additional information: Meetings abstract
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV5001 Alcohol use and miuse
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Simon Coulton
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2016 09:32 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2019 10:16 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/55106 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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