Effectiveness of Advisor-Teller Money Manager
Behavioral: Advisor-Teller Money Management-Substance Abuse Counselling
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Effectiveness of Advisor - Teller Money Manager (ATM)|
- Weeks of abstinence
- Participation in the Intervention, Service Use, Quality of Life
|Study Start Date:||July 2002|
|Study Completion Date:||October 2005|
|Arm 1||Behavioral: Advisor-Teller Money Management-Substance Abuse Counselling|
VA investigators have described greater substance use at the beginning of the month when disability and other monthly checks are received. The proposed research addresses an important VA priority�seeing that veterans� funds are spent to improve veterans� quality of life and are not misspent on substances of abuse.
The objective was to determine the effectiveness of a money management-based therapy called ATM for veterans who abuse cocaine or alcohol compared to a financial advice control condition.
Veterans were randomly assigned to 36-weeks of ATM or to the control condition, financial advice. ATM (Adviser-Teller Money Manager) involves meeting with a money manager at least weekly. The money manager performs three functions�limiting patients� access to funds by storing checkbooks and ATM cards, training patients to budget their funds, and linking spending to treatment goals. The control condition involved listing income and expenses in a workbook. Veterans were enrolled from each of two sites if they had spent at least $100 in the preceding 90 days on alcohol or cocaine, and had at least $300 per month income. Measures of treatment fidelity and participation included number of visits attended, whether funds were stored, monthly income and expenses and Likert-scaled ratings from 1-4 of money management-related outcomes. Outcome measures collected included urine toxicology tests and breathalyzers, self-reported substance use as assessed by the ASI follow-up, and secondary measures including quality of life and psychiatric symptomatology.
Data analysis is ongoing. Attempts are being made to (a) disseminate ATM and assess its effect among homeless women veterans (b) determine the reliability and validity of money management-based assessments used to determine which veterans are capable of managing their funds (c) optimize funds management by disabled veterans.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00105768
|United States, Connecticut|
|VA Connecticut Healthcare System West Haven Campus, West Haven, CT|
|West Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06516|
|Principal Investigator:||Marc I. Rosen, MD||VA Connecticut Healthcare System West Haven Campus, West Haven, CT|