Alcohol Screening in an Ethnically Diverse Sample of Adolescents in Primary Care

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified May 2015 by RAND
Valley Community Clinic
UPMC St. Margaret Family Health Centers
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First received: February 21, 2013
Last updated: May 6, 2015
Last verified: May 2015
Screening youth in the primary care setting is one way to identify adolescents who may be at-risk for future alcohol problems. The current study tests the new NIAAA screening guide questions, which ask about friend and adolescent drinking, to see how well these questions work to predict subsequent alcohol use, problems, and involvement in other risk behaviors, such as sexual risk-taking and delinquency. In addition, the investigators plan to provide a brief motivational intervention for some at-risk teens and see whether alcohol use differs for those teens who receive the intervention and those teens who receive enhanced usual care. The results of this study have the potential to significantly impact the standard of care for identifying and intervening with at- risk youth in primary care settings.

Condition Intervention
Alcohol Use
Drug Use
Behavioral: CHAT

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention

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Further study details as provided by RAND:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Alcohol use [ Time Frame: Past 30 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    in the past 30 days: Number of times used alcohol, number of drinks, number of heavy drinking days

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • marijuana use [ Time Frame: past 30 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    number of times used marijuana in the past 30 days

Estimated Enrollment: 2375
Study Start Date: March 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: Usual Care
Youth in usual care will receive screening for alcohol and drug use. Those youth who are at risk will have a chance to talk to their provider about their use. They will also receive an informational brochure.
Experimental: CHAT
Youth in CHAT will receive screening for alcohol and drug use. Those youth who are at risk will have a chance to talk to their provider about their use. In addition, these youth will CHAT. CHAT is a brief motivational intervention that takes places in the primary care setting. It is a 15-20 minute intervention for adolescents age 12-18 focused on discussing alcohol and drug use. They will also receive a booster call one month later to check in on how they are doing.
Behavioral: CHAT
CHAT is one 15-20 minute session delivered in a single PC visit and utilizes motivational interviewing with youth to target alcohol and drug use in primary care.


Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 18 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria: 1

  • 12-18
  • speak English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • cognitive impairment
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01797835

Contact: Elizabeth J D'Amico, PhD 310-393-0411 ext 6487
Contact: Kirsten Becker, MS 310-393-0411 ext 6480

United States, California
Valley Community Clinic Recruiting
North Hollywood, California, United States, 91605
Contact: Connie Kruzan    818-301-6319   
United States, Pennsylvania
UPMC St. Margaret Recruiting
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15215
Contact: Sandra Sauereisen, MD    412-784-4000   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Valley Community Clinic
UPMC St. Margaret Family Health Centers
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth J D'Amico, PhD RAND
  More Information

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Responsible Party: RAND Identifier: NCT01797835     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1R01AA021786 
Study First Received: February 21, 2013
Last Updated: May 6, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by RAND:
motivational interviewing
alcohol and drug use processed this record on February 04, 2016