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Automated Telephone Follow-up in the Swedish Prison and Probation Services

This study has been completed.
Lund University
Malmö University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Claes Andersson, Region Skane Identifier:
First received: November 4, 2012
Last updated: November 12, 2012
Last verified: November 2012
The purpose of this study is to investigate whether automated telephony may be used for daily assessments of paroled offenders, and whether a brief intervention based on these daily assessments may result in a more positive development compared to daily assessments only.

Condition Intervention
Alcohol Consumption
Substance Abuse
Behavioral: Brief feedback
Behavioral: Daily assessments

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Automated Telephone Follow-up in the Swedish Prison and Probation Services. A Randomized Controlled Trail.

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Region Skane:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Mental symptoms, SCL-8D [ Time Frame: During 30 days after probation ]
    Mental Symptoms, assessed with SCL-8D (Fink et al. A Nordic multicentre investigation. Part I: Method and prevalence of psychiatric morbidity. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 1995;92(6):409-418).

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Stress [ Time Frame: During 30 days after probation ]
    Stress assessed with the Arnetz and hasson stress questionnaire(Andersson C et al. Measurement properties of the Arnetz and Hasson stress questionnaire in Swedish university freshmen. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. 2009;37(3):273-279)

  • Stress [ Time Frame: During 30 days after probation ]
    Daily Assessment of Daily Experience (Stone AA, Neale JM. Development of a methodology for assessing daily experiences. In: Baum A, Singer J, eds. Advances in Environmental Psychology: Environment and Health. Vol 4. New York: Erlbaum; 1982:49-83).

  • Desire to use alcohol and drugs [ Time Frame: During 30 days after probation ]
    Desire to use alcohol and drugs (Bohn MJ, Krahn DD, Staehler BA. Development and initial validation of a measure of drinking urges in abstinent alcoholics. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 1995;19(3):600-606).

  • Current use of alcohol and drugs [ Time Frame: During 30 days after probation ]
    Current use was then assessed by simply asking whether the offender had drunk alcohol or used any drugs the previous day.

Enrollment: 108
Study Start Date: December 2009
Study Completion Date: September 2010
Primary Completion Date: September 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Daily Assessments & Brief Feedback
Daily assessments during 30 days after parole and a feedback intervention based on these daily assessments.
Behavioral: Brief feedback
A brief feedback was given on the results of the daily assessments, including a recommendation to the paroled offender and a email report was sent to the probation officer.
Behavioral: Daily assessments
Daily assessment of stress, mental symptoms, alcohol and substance use during 30 consecutive days after parole.
Active Comparator: Daily assessments
Daily assessments during 30 days after parole.
Behavioral: Daily assessments
Daily assessment of stress, mental symptoms, alcohol and substance use during 30 consecutive days after parole.

Detailed Description:
To study whether automated telephony could be used in paroled offenders to perform daily assessment of variables associated with recidivism in crime and to study the effects of a brief intervention based on these assessments during 30 days following probation.

Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Convicted criminals subject to parole
  • Access to a mobile telephone
  • Assigned parole officer at parole

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No knowledge of spoken Swedish
  • Additional intervention such as intensive supervision with electronic monitoring, or in-patient care at a health and rehabilitation clinic
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01727882

The Swedish Prison and Probation Services, Region South and Region East
Norrköping, Sweden
Sponsors and Collaborators
Region Skane
Lund University
Malmö University
Principal Investigator: Claes Andersson, PhD Lund university and Malmö university
  More Information

Responsible Party: Claes Andersson, PhD, Region Skane Identifier: NCT01727882     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 535629  535629 
Study First Received: November 4, 2012
Last Updated: November 12, 2012

Keywords provided by Region Skane:
Paroled offenders
Interactive Voice Response
Mental symptoms
Alcohol consumption
Substance use

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Substance-Related Disorders
Alcohol Drinking
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Drinking Behavior processed this record on February 20, 2017