Murray, E and McCambridge, J and Khadjesari, Z and White, IR and Thompson, SG and Godfrey, C and Linke, S and Wallace, P (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 , 7 , Article 306. 10.1186/1471-2458-7-306.
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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.
|Title:||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|
|Open access status:||An open access publication. A version is also available from UCL Discovery.|
|Publisher version:||http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/ articles/PMC2238765/?tool=pubmed|
|Keywords:||IDENTIFICATION TEST AUDIT, 3-MONTH FOLLOW-UP, PROBLEM DRINKING, USE DISORDERS, QUESTIONNAIRE, DEPENDENCE, INTERNET, VALIDITY, QUALITY|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care > Primary Care and Population Health|
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