This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions alcohol use, drug use
Treatments chat brief mi intervention, usual care
Sponsor RAND
Collaborator Valley Community Clinic
Start date March 2013
End date November 2015
Trial size 1573 participants
Trial identifier NCT01797835, 1R01AA021786


Screening youth in the primary care setting is one way to identify adolescents who may be at-risk for future alcohol problems. The current study tests the new NIAAA screening guide questions, which ask about friend and adolescent drinking, to see how well these questions work to predict subsequent alcohol use, problems, and involvement in other risk behaviors, such as sexual risk-taking and delinquency. In addition, the investigators plan to provide a brief motivational intervention for some at-risk teens and see whether alcohol use differs for those teens who receive the intervention and those teens who receive enhanced usual care. The results of this study have the potential to significantly impact the standard of care for identifying and intervening with at- risk youth in primary care settings.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose prevention
(Placebo Comparator)
Youth in usual care will receive screening for alcohol and drug use. Those youth who are at risk will have a chance to talk to their provider about their use. They will also receive an informational brochure.
usual care
Youth receive a brochure with information on AOD use.
Youth in CHAT will receive screening for alcohol and drug use. Those youth who are at risk will have a chance to talk to their provider about their use. In addition, these youth will CHAT. CHAT is a brief motivational intervention that takes places in the primary care setting. It is a 15-20 minute intervention for adolescents age 12-18 focused on discussing alcohol and drug use. They will also receive a booster call one month later to check in on how they are doing.
chat brief mi intervention
CHAT is one 15-20 minute session delivered in a single PC visit and utilizes motivational interviewing with youth to target alcohol and drug use in primary care.

Primary Outcomes

Alcohol use
time frame: Past 30 days

Secondary Outcomes

marijuana use
time frame: past 30 days

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 12 years up to 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: 1 - 12-18 - speak English Exclusion Criteria: - cognitive impairment

Additional Information

Official title Alcohol Screening in an Ethnically Diverse Sample of Adolescents in Primary Care
Principal investigator Elizabeth J D'Amico, PhD
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in April 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by RAND.