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Brief Interventions in General Hospital (BIG) (BIG)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00982306
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified July 2010 by Partnerships in Care.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : September 23, 2009
Last Update Posted : July 29, 2010
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Information provided by:
Partnerships in Care

Brief Summary:
Alcohol abuse is a widespread concern internationally with a significant threat to world health. Research suggests a relationship between heavy drinking and certain clinical presentations such as injuries, physical and psychiatric illnesses and frequent sickness absence from employment. This research aims to establish whether brief interventions delivered to harmful and hazardous alcohol drinkers admitted to hospital impacts of their alcohol consumption levels on discharge from hospital.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Alcoholism Behavioral: Brief intervention Phase 1

Detailed Description:

Purpose To evaluate the effectiveness of brief interventions for hazardous and harmful alcohol abusers admitted to medical and surgical wards at the Southern General Hospital

Evidence for brief interventions in general hospital Further research is required to prove the benefits of brief interventions within general hospital, based on evidence from the Cochrane systematic review 'Brief interventions for heavy alcohol users admitted to general hospital wards' (McQueen et al 2009).

Links with national and international agendas The European Health Target12 supports a reduction in harm from alcohol drugs and tobacco. By the year 2015 the adverse health effects from the consumption of addictive substances such as alcohol should be reduced by all member states (European Health for all targets 1998) The Scottish government has set HEAT (Health improvement, efficacy and governance access and treatment) target for the NHS to deliver 149,449 alcohol brief intervention cumulatively over the period of 2008/9-2010/11 (Scottish Alcohol and Drugs Workforce 2008).

Research Design This study will employ a randomised control trial design. The primary outcome measure will be grams of alcohol consumed per week, measures will be taken at baseline, six months and one year post intervention. Secondary outcomes will consist of brief intervention's impact on hospital re-admission rates, attendance at A&E and mortality rates.

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Study Type : Interventional
Estimated Enrollment : 294 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Brief Interventions for Heavy Alcohol Users Admitted to General Hospital
Study Start Date : February 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date : February 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date : April 2012

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Intervention Details:
  • Behavioral: Brief intervention
    20 minute one to one counseling session

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Alcohol consumption in units [ Time Frame: 6 months and one year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Hospital readmissions [ Time Frame: one year ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Scores between 3-12 on FAST
  • Admitted to hospital
  • Speaks english

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Under 18 years
  • Cognitively impaired
  • Medically Unfit

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00982306

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Contact: Jean McQueen, MSc 01292 886666

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United Kingdom
Southern General Hospital Recruiting
Glasgow, United Kingdom, G51 4TF
Contact: Victoria Hardy, MSc    0141 201 1593   
Principal Investigator: Victoria Hardy, MSC         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Partnerships in Care
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Jean McQueen, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Identifier: NCT00982306    
Other Study ID Numbers: SN08OC202
First Posted: September 23, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 29, 2010
Last Verified: July 2010
Keywords provided by Partnerships in Care:
brief interventions
harmful/hazardous alcohol drinkers
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Alcohol-Related Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders