ASAP Study - Hospital-Based Brief Intervention for Alcohol Problems

This study has been completed.
University of Pittsburgh
Boston University
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Boston Medical Center Identifier:
First received: September 9, 2005
Last updated: May 5, 2010
Last verified: December 2007

September 9, 2005
May 5, 2010
February 2001
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  • Linkage to alcohol assistance
  • Change in drinks per day
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00183105 on Archive Site
  • Change in the number of times a subject exceeded per occasion limits
  • Abstinence (dichotomous)
  • Change in drinks per day
  • Drinking risky amounts (dichotomous)
  • Binge drinking (dichotomous)
  • Hospitalization
  • Emergency Department visits
  • Health related quality of life
  • Readiness to change alcohol use
Same as current
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ASAP Study - Hospital-Based Brief Intervention for Alcohol Problems
Hospital-based Brief Intervention for Alcohol Problems

The objective of this project was to test whether screening and brief intervention for unhealthy alcohol use leads to improved alcohol-related outcomes (such as alcohol consumption and linkage to alcohol assistance) and is cost-effective.

In this study the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of brief intervention for unhealthy alcohol use in a diverse group of hospitalized medical patients was tested.

We conducted a randomized trial of medical inpatients with the whole spectrum of alcohol problems from risky use through dependence. Subjects in one group received standard care; subjects in the second group received a brief motivational intervention tailored to the severity of his or her alcohol problem. Primary outcomes are alcohol consumption and linkage to alcohol treatment. Additional outcomes include health-related quality of life, health care utilization, alcohol problems, and readiness to change. Costs, and clinical outcomes measured in quality-adjusted life years, a standard metric that allows comparison to other chronic illnesses, will be compared in a cost-effectiveness analysis.

Phase 3
Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Alcohol Dependence
  • Alcohol Consumption
Behavioral: Brief Intervention (adaptation of motivational interviewing)
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
April 2006
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Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Fluent in English or Spanish
  • Consume risky amounts of alcohol
  • Provide 2 contacts to assist with follow-up
  • Have no plans to move from the local area within a year of screening
  • Score >21 on Mini-Mental State Examination (no serious cognitive impairment)
18 Years and older
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
NIAAASaitz12617-ASAP, P60AA013759, NIH AA12617
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Boston Medical Center
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Boston University
Principal Investigator: Richard Saitz, M.D., M.P.H. Boston Medical Center
Boston Medical Center
December 2007

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