Web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention for Maori and non-Maori: The New Zealand e-SBINZ trials

Kypri, Kypros, McCambridge, Jim, Cunningham, John A., Vater, Tina, Bowe, Steve, De Graaf, Brandon, Saunders, John B. and Dean, Johanna (2010) Web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention for Maori and non-Maori: The New Zealand e-SBINZ trials. BMC Public Health, 10 Article # 781: 1-7. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-781

Author Kypri, Kypros
McCambridge, Jim
Cunningham, John A.
Vater, Tina
Bowe, Steve
De Graaf, Brandon
Saunders, John B.
Dean, Johanna
Title Web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention for Maori and non-Maori: The New Zealand e-SBINZ trials
Formatted title
Web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention for Māori and non-Māori: The New Zealand e-SBINZ trials
Journal name BMC Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-2458
Publication date 2010-12-22
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-10-781
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 10
Issue Article # 781
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher BioMed Central
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Hazardous alcohol consumption is a leading modifiable cause of mortality and morbidity among young people. Screening and brief intervention (SBI) is a key strategy to reduce alcohol-related harm in the community, and web-based approaches (e-SBI) have advantages over practitioner-delivered approaches, being cheaper, more acceptable, administrable remotely and infinitely scalable. An efficacy trial in a university population showed a 10-minute intervention could reduce drinking by 11% for 6 months or more among 17-24 year-old undergraduate hazardous drinkers. The e-SBINZ study is designed to examine the effectiveness of e-SBI across a range of universities and among Māori and non-Māori students in New Zealand.

Methods/Design: The e-SBINZ study comprises two parallel, double blind, multi-site, individually randomised controlled trials. This paper outlines the background and design of the trial, which is recruiting 17-24 year-old students from seven of New Zealand's eight universities. Māori and non-Māori students are being sampled separately and are invited by e-mail to complete a web questionnaire including the AUDIT-C. Those who score >4 will be randomly allocated to no further contact until follow-up (control) or to assessment and personalised feedback (intervention) via computer. Follow-up assessment will occur 5 months later in second semester. Recruitment, consent, randomisation, intervention and follow-up are all online. Primary outcomes are (i) total alcohol consumption, (ii) frequency of drinking, (iii) amount consumed per typical drinking occasion, (iv) the proportions exceeding medical guidelines for acute and chronic harm, and (v) scores on an academic problems scale.

Discussion: The trial will provide information on the effectiveness of e-SBI in reducing hazardous alcohol consumption across diverse university student populations with separate effect estimates for Māori and non-Māori students.

Trial registration: Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR) ACTRN12610000279022
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Keyword University-student drinking
Identification test audit
Hazardous drinking
Use disorders
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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