Computer-facilitated Screening and Brief Intervention for Alcohol Abuse

Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
Alcohol Abuse+2 More ConditionsComputer-facilitated Screening and Brief Intervention - Behavioral
14 - 17
All Sexes

Study Summary

This trial is testing a computer system that helps pediatricians screen and give brief interventions to adolescents for unhealthy alcohol use. It is being done in over 600 primary care practices across the United States.

Eligible Conditions
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Alcohol Abuse

Treatment Effectiveness

Study Objectives

1 Primary · 1 Secondary · Reporting Duration: 12 months follow-up

12 months follow-up
Alcohol-related problems or negative consequences experienced since baseline
Any heavy episodic drinking day during past 3 months
Any riding/driving risk
Drinking refusal self-efficacy
Alcohol Use Disorder
Past 3 months heavy episodic drinking days
Perceived risk of harm

Trial Safety

Awards & Highlights

No Placebo Group
All patients enrolled in this trial will receive the new treatment.

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

Usual Care
1 of 2
Computer-facilitated screening and brief intervention
1 of 2

Active Control

Experimental Treatment

1300 Total Participants · 2 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: Computer-facilitated Screening and Brief Intervention · No Placebo Group · N/A

Computer-facilitated screening and brief intervention
Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: Computer-facilitated Screening and Brief Intervention · Intervention Types: Behavioral
Usual CareNoIntervention Group · 1 Intervention: Usual Care · Intervention Types:

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 12 months follow-up

Who is running the clinical trial?

Boston Children's HospitalLead Sponsor
726 Previous Clinical Trials
5,430,754 Total Patients Enrolled
10 Trials studying Alcohol Abuse
271 Patients Enrolled for Alcohol Abuse
American Academy of PediatricsOTHER
40 Previous Clinical Trials
1,016,110 Total Patients Enrolled
Children's Hospital of PhiladelphiaOTHER
668 Previous Clinical Trials
7,969,163 Total Patients Enrolled
Sion K Harris, PhDPrincipal InvestigatorBoston Children's Hospital
3 Previous Clinical Trials
1,021 Total Patients Enrolled
2 Trials studying Alcohol Abuse
150 Patients Enrolled for Alcohol Abuse

Eligibility Criteria

Age 14 - 17 · All Participants · 2 Total Inclusion Criteria

Mark “Yes” if the following statements are true for you:
You have consumed alcohol within the past 12 months.
If you did not drink alcohol in the past 12 months, but you have been a passenger in a car driven by someone who was drunk or under the influence of drugs during that time, you will be excluded.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this experiment presently require new participants?

"This medical study is still actively seeking participants, as indicated on; the trial was first published on September 26th 2022 and had its most recent update posted a few days later, on September 22nd 2022." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

How many participants is this clinical investigation accommodating?

"Correct. According to, this research is still looking for participants and was first posted on September 26th 2022. The study requires 1300 patients from 3 distinct sites to finish their data collection goals." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

Who is eligible to enroll in this medical trial?

"This research trial is searching for 1300 individuals aged between 14 and 17 who have experienced driving under the influence. The other criteria include completing any pre-visit activities, having their own mobile device available to share a phone number before their appointment, as well as reporting on past 12 month alcohol use or being a passenger of someone else while they were intoxicated during that same period." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

Is this research effort including individuals aged 75 and older?

"As stated in the inclusion criteria, only patients aged between 14 and 17 years old may be enrolled in this clinical trial." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer
Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.