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University of British Columbia Identifier:
First received: January 16, 2006
Last updated: March 7, 2007
Last verified: March 2007
The goal of the study is to test the efficacy of brief physician advice in reducing the frequency of high risk drinking and alcohol-related harm in a population of university students seeking routine care at UBC Student Health Service. It is hypothesized that receiving the intervention will reduce the amount of alcohol consumed and the incidence of alcohol-related harm among the students in the intervention group, as compared to the control group.

Condition Intervention
High Risk Drinking Behavioral: Brief intervention (physician advice)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Educational/Counseling/Training
Official Title: Campus Health Intervention Projects to Reduce High Risk Drinking Among University Students by Means of Brief Physician Advice

Further study details as provided by University of British Columbia:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • A reduction in alcohol use and in the frequency of high risk drinking and related harms, measured at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months post intervention.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Academic performance; contact with Campus Security or RCMP; incidents reported by campus housing; hospitalizations for injury or accident, as measured at 6, 12 18 and 24 months post intervention.

Estimated Enrollment: 150
Study Start Date: February 2006
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2008
Detailed Description:
We estimate that roughly 3000 students will need to be screened to obtain sufficient eligible participants to randomize 150 students. High-risk drinkers will be identified by means of an embedded alcohol screening survey, which will be distributed through Student Health Services. Those deemed eligible through the screening survey and who have agreed to be contacted will be invited to attend a baseline interview, which will further define eligibility and assign interested students to the control or intervention group. Those randomized to the usual care control group will receive a self-help health booklet and will be contacted to complete a follow-up telephone interview at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months. Those randomized to the intervention group will receive the same booklet and will meet with a Student Health Service physician. There will be two face-to-face meetings with the physician and two follow up phone calls by the physician. The physicians use a scripted workbook, diary cards and other materials designed to reduce alcohol use and the frequency of high risk drinking. Those in the intervention group will also be contacted to complete a follow-up telephone interview at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months. Outcome data will also be sought, with participants’ permission, from campus organizations including Campus Housing, Security, the RCMP and the Registrar.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

Full time students 18 and older; students seeking routine care at UBC Student Health Services; students who report high risk drinking in the last 28 days; students able to read and communicate in English

Exclusion Criteria:

Students graduating or leaving campus before the first intervention is complete; students who are acutely ill; students who are under 18 years; female students who are pregnant; students who are suicidal; students consuming more than 200 drinks in the past 28 days

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00278733

Canada, British Columbia
UBC Student Health Service
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of British Columbia
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Saewyc, PhD The University of British Columbia
  More Information Identifier: NCT00278733     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: B05 0636
Study First Received: January 16, 2006
Last Updated: March 7, 2007

Keywords provided by University of British Columbia:
Randomized controlled trial
brief intervention
university students
physician advice
high risk drinking processed this record on August 18, 2017