Effect of a text message intervention on alcohol-related harms and behaviours: secondary outcomes of a randomised controlled trial.

Author: Sharpe, Sarah; Kool, Bridget; Whittaker, Robyn; Lee, Arier; Reid, Mary-Jane; Civil, Ian; Ameratunga, Shanthi

Date: 2019-05-14

Type: Journal article

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OBJECTIVE:Mobile Health approaches show promise as a delivery mode for alcohol screening and brief intervention. The 'YourCall' trial evaluated the effect of a low-intensity mobile phone text message brief intervention compared with usual care on hazardous drinking and alcohol-related harms among injured adults. This paper extends our previously published primary outcome analysis which revealed a significant reduction in hazardous drinking associated with the intervention at 3 months, with the effect maintained across 12 months follow-up. The objective of the current study was to evaluate the effect of the intervention on alcohol-related harms and troubles and help-seeking behaviours (secondary outcomes) at 12-months follow-up. RESULTS:A parallel two-group, single-blind, randomised controlled trial was conducted in 598 injured inpatients aged 16-69 years identified as having medium-risk hazardous drinking. Logistic regression models applied to 12-month follow-up data showed no significant differences between intervention and control groups in self-reported alcohol-related harms and troubles and help-seeking behaviours. Although this text message intervention led to a significant reduction in hazardous alcohol consumption (previously published primary outcome), changes in self-reported alcohol-related harms and troubles and help seeking behaviours at 12-months follow up (secondary outcomes) were small and non-significant. TRIAL REGISTRATION:ACTRN12612001220853. Retrospectively registered 19 November 2012.

Subjects: Humans, Ethanol, Behavior, Adolescent, Adult, Female, Male, Young Adult, Text Messaging, Surveys and Questionnaires

Citation: ["BMC research notes 12(1):267 14 May 2019"]

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