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Primary Care iSBIRT to Reduce Serious Teen Health Risks

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(Grant application was not funded)
Information provided by:
Boston Children’s Hospital Identifier:
First received: April 30, 2009
Last updated: March 7, 2011
Last verified: March 2011
The goal of the project is to develop and test an internet/intranet-based Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (iSBIRT) system for adolescents that targets a broad range of serious health-risks and problem behaviors.

Condition Intervention Phase
Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Use
Seat-belt and Bicycle/Sports Helmet Use
Weapon Carrying and Associating With Peers Who Carry Weapons
Depression and Suicidality
High Risk Sexual Behaviors
Behavioral: iSBIRT
Behavioral: iSBIRT/TE
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Screening
Official Title: Primary Care Internet/Intranet-based Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (iSBIRT) System to Reduce Serious Teen Health Risks

Further study details as provided by Boston Children’s Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • frequency of substance use and other risk behaviors [ Time Frame: 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 699
Study Start Date: September 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: iSBIRT
Participants will complete the iSBIRT system.
Behavioral: iSBIRT
Participants will receive the internet/intranet based screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment program.
Other Name: SBIRT
Experimental: iSBIRT/TE
Participants will receive the internet/intranet screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment system and technological extenders
Behavioral: iSBIRT/TE
Participants will receive the internet/intranet screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment system along with technological extenders
Other Name: SBIRT
No Intervention: TAU
Participants will receive Treatment as Usual from their primary care provider.

Detailed Description:
We have previously developed and tested a computerized substance use screening and feedback program for adolescents. We will expand this program to include other serious health risks, enhance the feedback and health risk information adolescents will receive on the computer, develop Technological Extenders to extend the effect of the intervention, develop a training video and protocol for providers, and pilot test the system among adolescents coming for non-urgent care at a variety of primary care sites.

Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 21 Years   (Child, Adult)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 12-21 years old
  • arriving for non-urgent care
  • provide informed assent/consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • less than 6th grade reading level
  • unavailable for follow-up questionnaires
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00891631

United States, Massachusetts
Children's Hospital Boston
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston Children’s Hospital
Principal Investigator: John R Knight, MD Boston Children’s Hospital
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: John R. Knight, MD, Children's Hospital Boston Identifier: NCT00891631     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: iSBIRT RFA-od-09-003 
Study First Received: April 30, 2009
Last Updated: March 7, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Boston Children’s Hospital:
drug use
sexual risk behaviors

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Behavioral Symptoms processed this record on September 23, 2016