Computer-delivered Screening and Brief Intervention for Alcohol Use in Pregnancy

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified February 2014 by Wayne State University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Steven J. Ondersma, Wayne State University Identifier:
First received: July 13, 2012
Last updated: February 12, 2014
Last verified: February 2014

The purpose of this study is to lay the ground work for a fully powered clinical trial of a computer-delivered screener and intervention for alcohol use during pregnancy. The pilot study will include:

  1. Evaluation of the usefulness of handheld devices and anonymous screening for self report of at-risk alcohol use among pregnant women.
  2. Assessing the validity of an alcohol biomarker, Ethyl Glucoronide (EtG), for the detection of at-risk drinking in pregnant women.
  3. Evaluation of the efficacy of a computer-delivered brief intervention and use of tailored handouts to supplement the computer-based brief intervention focusing on alcohol use during pregnancy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Alcohol Abuse
Behavioral: Nutrition time control/placebo intervention
Behavioral: Computer-delivered, brief intervention on alcohol use
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Screening
Official Title: Computer-delivered SBIRT for Alcohol Use in Pregnancy: Planning a Stage II Trial

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Further study details as provided by Wayne State University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Alcohol use [ Time Frame: self-reported use during 90 days prior to delivery of their baby ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Alcohol use will be measured at the time of delivery of their infant by self-report and urine analysis.

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: April 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Alcohol intervention
Participants in this condition review tailored videos and normed feedback regarding their alcohol use and possible consequences of drinking. Next participants view a goal setting section describing possible ways to quit drinking alcohol and the participant is able to indicate a change goal (if any) and is helped through a specific change plan, should they set a change goal.
Behavioral: Computer-delivered, brief intervention on alcohol use
A single 20-minute interactive computer-delivered intervention designed to promote motivation to change prenatal alcohol use, without presuming the participant to be currently using alcohol while pregnant.
Placebo Comparator: Control
Participants randomized into the control condition complete assessment and a time-matched interactive session on infant nutrition.
Behavioral: Nutrition time control/placebo intervention
This time-control intervention, designed in part to help promote research assistant blinding as to participant condition, focused on proper infant nutrition using a computer-delivered, interactive format and videos.

Detailed Description:

Infants born to African-American and/or low SES women appear to be at increased risk of adverse effects due to prenatal exposure to alcohol. Computer-delivered SBIRT approaches may provide consistent screening and evidence-based brief interventions, at low cost, without requiring substantial investments of time or energy from medical staff. However, several Stage I steps are necessary before moving to a Stage II clinical trial. This R34 application will therefore lay the groundwork for a fully powered clinical trial of a computer-delivered SBIRT for alcohol use during pregnancy. It will do so through the conduct of five key preliminary studies, including: (1) evaluation of the utility of handheld mobile devices and an anonymous self-interview format in screening for at-risk drinking among patients attending a prenatal clinic; (2) modification of an existing computer-delivered motivational intervention for alcohol use during pregnancy, to previously set standards of acceptability (to experts as well as representative pregnant women); (3) development of an evidence-based tailored messaging supplement to the single-session brief intervention; (4) examining the validity of, and cut scores for, the biomarker Ethyl Glucoronide (EtG) in pregnant women; and (5) collecting data on the acceptability, feasibility, and estimated effect size of the modified computer-delivered intervention through an N = 50 Phase I randomized clinical trial. Participants in this trial will be a diverse sample of women at-risk for alcohol use during pregnancy, the majority of whom will be African-American and/or low SES. These key preparatory steps will greatly facilitate the subsequent development of an R01 application to conduct a Stage II clinical trial for alcohol use during pregnancy. These steps will also provide important preliminary data on (a) a novel method for risk factor screening in primary care; (b) the potential utility of EtG as a biomarker for alcohol use during pregnancy and in the perinatal period; and (c) the effect size estimate for a fully computer-delivered, combined brief interactive/tailored messaging intervention requiring only a single contact. If successful, this line of research could lead to a highly cost-effective, high-reach intervention for alcohol use during pregnancy; these reductions in alcohol use could in turn have a meaningful population impact on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 40 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • intention to carry pregnancy to term
  • self-reported alcohol use
  • willingness to be sent tailored messages
  • gives consent to access medical records for collection of birth outcome data

Exclusion Criteria:

  • unable to communicate in English
  • less than 4 months before delivery due date
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01643044

Contact: Jessica R Beatty, Ph.D. 313-664-2518

United States, Michigan
Wayne State University Recruiting
Detroit, Michigan, United States, 48202
Principal Investigator: Steven J Ondersma, Ph.D.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Wayne State University
Principal Investigator: Steven J Ondersma, Ph.D. Wayne State University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Steven J. Ondersma, Associate Professor, Wayne State University Identifier: NCT01643044     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R34AA020056, R34AA020056
Study First Received: July 13, 2012
Last Updated: February 12, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government
United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Wayne State University:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alcohol Drinking
Drinking Behavior
Alcohol-Related Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Mental Disorders
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Anti-Infective Agents
Therapeutic Uses
Pharmacologic Actions
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Central Nervous System Agents processed this record on April 16, 2014