Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition alcohol abuse
Treatment web brief intervention (wbi)
Sponsor RAND
Collaborator National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Start date November 2014
End date October 2015
Trial size 312 participants
Trial identifier NCT02073825, R34AA023123

Summary

The purpose of this study is to adapt and pilot-test a web-based intervention intended to help concerned partners provide support to service members with alcohol misuse and to begin development of a service member module based on service member's input.

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
Arm
(Experimental)
4-session WBI
web brief intervention (wbi)
4-session WBI
(No Intervention)
4-session WBI after follow-up

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Perceptions of Partner's Drinking
time frame: Three months after intervention
Concern about Partner's Drinking
time frame: Three months after intervention
Partner's readiness to change
time frame: Three months after intervention
Partner help-seeking
time frame: Three months after intervention
Relationship Quality
time frame: Three months after intervention

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
CP Depression and Anxiety
time frame: Three months after intervention
Family Environment
time frame: Three months after intervention

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: 1. if they are currently living with their partner, 2. if they have had contact with their partner at least 40% of the time in the past 90 days (e.g., most of the evenings or most of the days in a given week), 3. if they are in a romantic relationship with the service member, 4. if they have a computer they can use in a private area, 5. if the CP and service member are at least 18 years of age, 6. if their partner is currently an active duty service member, 7. if the CP or service member has not attended couples or drug/alcohol counseling in the past 60 days, 8. if the CP does not plan to separate from their partner in the next 60 days, 9. if they feel their partner has a problem with their drinking, and 10. if they do not endorse any domestic violence in the past year. - Exclusion Criteria: 1. if the CP plans to seek counseling in the next 90 days, and/or 2. reports feeling unsafe to discuss drinking with his/her partner -

Additional Information

Official title Web Intervention for Concerned Partners to Prevent Service Member Alcohol Abuse
Principal investigator Karen C Osilla, PhD
Description U.S. military service members engaged in alcohol misuse are a vulnerable population with high unmet need. Alcohol misuse is a stage of problem drinking that occurs before abuse and dependence, placing service members' partners and families at risk for serious consequences. Unfortunately, existing military reporting policies may discourage service members from seeking help for fear of negative career consequences. Service members report encouragement from their partners as the most prevalent facilitator of seeking care and individuals who change their drinking patterns most often cite partner support as the most helpful mechanism in supporting change. Thus, targeting service members' partners using preventive interventions can be an important vehicle for preventing the progression to abuse and dependence. A 3-year study is proposed to adapt and pilot-test a web-based intervention (WBI) intended to help concerned partners (CPs) provide support to service members with alcohol misuse and to begin development of a service member module based on service member's input. First, an evidence-based intervention known as Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) intervention will be adapted to the web. The specific aims are as follows: Aim 1: Develop a 4-session web-based intervention (WBI) prototype and make iterative revisions based on feedback from 15-20 CPs. Aim 2: Conduct a randomized controlled pilot-test of the finalized WBI (n=50) compared to delayed WBI (n=50), and evaluate the impact of the WBI on CP's reports of service member help-seeking (e.g., counseling, self-help, primary care, treatment) and drinking, and CP well-being and relationship satisfaction three months after the intervention. Aim 3: Begin development of a follow-on WBI module for service members based on service member input and content evaluation. Service members will be asked their intervention preferences and feedback on a proposed WBI for them. This project is significant because it has the potential to benefit a large population of military service members who may be disproportionately affected by the current OEF/OIF/OND conflicts and whose drinking misuse would otherwise go undetected and untreated. It also develops a new prevention model that does not rely on service members or partners attending a hospital or clinical facility to access care. The proposed study is innovative because there are no CP-based preventive interventions addressing misuse. This pilot study will inform the development of an R01 trial that evaluates a larger randomized study of a WBI for CPs with a follow-on intervention for service members.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in April 2016.
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