Medical Office Intervention for Adolescent Drug Use
The goal of this study is to assess the efficacy of a new intervention based on motivational enhancement therapy among adolescents with a history of substance use.
Behavioral: Motivational Enhancement Therapy
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Medical Office Intervention for Adolescent Drug Use|
- Quantity and days of substance use [ Time Frame: Past 90 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- DWI or RWID [ Time Frame: Past 90 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Driving while intoxicated or riding with an intoxicated
- Amount of completed substance use treatment [ Time Frame: Past 90 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Substance related risk behaviors [ Time Frame: Past 90 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
|Study Start Date:||June 2004|
|Study Completion Date:||May 2010|
|Primary Completion Date:||May 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Motivational Enhancement Therapy
Adolescents who are randomized to the experimental intervention will attend three 60-minute counseling sessions, delivered 2-4 weeks apart. The intervention will include a structured, developmentally appropriate, approach to identification of drug- and alcohol-related risks and problems, and establishment of goals for behavioral change.
Behavioral: Motivational Enhancement Therapy
Three 60 minute counseling sessions using a structured, developmentally appropriate approach to identification of drug- and alcohol- related risks and problems, and establishment of goals for behavioral change.
Other Name: MET
No Intervention: Enhanced Standard Care
Adolescents who are randomized to Enhanced Standard Care will receive the usual care at the outpatient adolescent substance abuse program. This will include an evaluation by pediatric and mental health staff and could include treatment in a group therapy program, urine drug testing, buprenorphine replacement therapy (for those dependent on opioids), and psychopharmacology evaluation and management.
In many parts of the U.S. adolescent substance abuse treatment is scarce. Several studies have shown that brief interventions increase the likelihood of patients' completion of referrals to alcohol counseling or treatment. Other studies have shown a direct effect of brief interventions on patients' alcohol consumption. Although brief interventions have been widely recommended for adolescents, fewer studies have been conducted in this age group. If the current study confirms the effectiveness of the Motivational Enhancement Therapy approach, this will add another outpatient treatment option for adolescent patients with drug problems.
The specific aims of the project are to:
- Test the effect of the brief intervention on drug use. We hypothesize that, among 12-18 year old medical patients who use drugs, the experimental intervention (two 60-minute motivational interviewing sessions) administered by a trained clinician will be at least 25% more effective than "standard care" (assessment/referral only) in decreasing drug use as measured by a 90-day Timeline Followback (6) (TLFB) calendar.
- Test the effect of the brief intervention in increasing engagement in substance abuse treatment. We hypothesize that, among 12-18 year old patients who are referred to drug counseling or other treatments, the experimental intervention administered by a trained clinician will result in at least 25% more patients entering treatment compared to standard care, as measured by the numbers of patients who complete referrals to treatment providers.
- Test the effect of the intervention on other substance-related outcomes. We hypothesize that the intervention will result in similar reductions in alcohol use, as measured by the TLFB, and in driving/riding while impaired (DRWI) risks as measured by the score of a 4-item self-reported scale. Other outcomes of interest include readiness to change, school performance, and experience of other harmful consequences of substance use and associated risk behaviors.
- Identify factors that moderate and/or mediate the effect of the experimental intervention on our outcomes of interest (drug use, engagement in treatment), and estimate their effect sizes. Identifying moderating variables will help us to identify subgroups of optimal responders to the brief intervention. Based on our previous experience, we theorize that girls may respond more strongly to the intervention than boys, and that those who participate in other treatments (outpatient counseling) and/or a laboratory drug testing program will also have greater response.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00229983
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Children's Hospital Boston|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215-5737|
|Principal Investigator:||John R Knight, M.D.||Children's Hospital Boston|