Prevalence of Chronic Inebriates to the Emergency Department and Suitability for Sobering House Services

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified August 2015 by Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation
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First received: January 23, 2013
Last updated: August 26, 2015
Last verified: August 2015
This study is intended to evaluate the prevalence of chronically inebriated patients in the Emergeny Department (ED). Patients will be identified prospectively by screening all patients (24/7) presenting to the ED for one month. A running tally of all patients in the ED will be kept. Of these patients, any patient that is noted to have alcohol intoxication will be identified. The chart of that patient will be reviewed for details about the patient's alcohol use and for the patient's suitability for a sobering house, which is a place where intoxicated patients can go to await sobriety. The chart will also be reviewed for the number of previous visits for alcohol use to our hospital ever and in the last year.

Alcohol Intoxication

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Prevalence of Chronic Inebriates to the Emergency Department and Suitability for Sobering House Services

Further study details as provided by Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Intoxicated patients eligible for a sobering house [ Time Frame: Eligibility for a sobering house is assessed during the current ED admission. The study ends when patient is discharged from the ED, an expected average time of 9 hours. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Determine the proportion of patients in the emergency department that are intoxicated and how many of those would be eligible to go to a sobering house

Estimated Enrollment: 1000
Study Start Date: November 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intoxicated patients
patients in the Emergency Department who appear to be intoxicated with ethanol.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients in the emergency department for alcohol intoxication

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients in the emergency department for alcohol intoxication

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Under 18
  • Prisoners
  • Pregnancy
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01783223

United States, Minnesota
Hennepin County Medical Center Recruiting
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 55415
Contact: James Miner, MD    612-873-8791   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation
Principal Investigator: James Miner, MD Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation Identifier: NCT01783223     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 12-3560
Study First Received: January 23, 2013
Last Updated: August 26, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alcoholic Intoxication
Alcohol-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders processed this record on November 27, 2015