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The DYD-RCT protocol: an on-line randomised controlled trial of an interactive computer-based intervention compared with a standard information website to reduce alcohol consumption among hazardous drinkers

Murray, Elizabeth, McCambridge, Jim, Khadjesari, Zarnie, White, Ian R., Thompson, Simon G., Godfrey, Christine, Linke, Stuart and Wallace, Paul (2007) The DYD-RCT protocol: an on-line randomised controlled trial of an interactive computer-based intervention compared with a standard information website to reduce alcohol consumption among hazardous drinkers. BMC Public Health. 306. -. ISSN 1471-2458

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Abstract

Background: Excessive alcohol consumption is a significant public health problem throughout the world. Although there are a range of effective interventions to help heavy drinkers reduce their alcohol consumption, these have little proven population-level impact. Researchers internationally are looking at the potential of Internet interventions in this area. Methods/Design: In a two-arm randomised controlled trial, an on-line psychologically enhanced interactive computer-based intervention is compared with a flat, text-based information web-site. Recruitment, consent, randomisation and data collection are all on-line. The primary outcome is total past-week alcohol consumption; secondary outcomes include hazardous or harmful drinking, dependence, harm caused by alcohol, and mental health. A health economic analysis is included. Discussion: This trial will provide information on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of an on-line intervention to help heavy drinkers drink less. Trial registration: International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number Register ISRCTN31070347.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2007 Murray et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: IDENTIFICATION TEST AUDIT, 3-MONTH FOLLOW-UP, PROBLEM DRINKING, USE DISORDERS, QUESTIONNAIRE, DEPENDENCE, INTERNET, VALIDITY, QUALITY
Academic Units: The University of York > Health Sciences (York)
Depositing User: Prof Christine A Godfrey
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2008 17:57
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2014 17:00
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-7-306
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3680

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