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Trial of Computerized MET for Adolescent Substance Use

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01784653
Recruitment Status : Withdrawn (No funding obtained.)
First Posted : February 6, 2013
Last Update Posted : April 12, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sion Kim Harris, Boston Children’s Hospital

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to test the effects of a computerized, self-directed Motivational Enhancement Therapy program for adolescent substance use (iMET), in comparison to clinician-delivered MET and Treatment As Usual (TAU), on treatment engagement and substance use. The investigators hypothesize that both iMET and MET will be more effective than TAU in engaging/retaining patients in treatment and in reducing substance use during a 12-month follow-up period. The investigators also hypothesize that Self-directed iMET will be as effective as the clinician-guided MET in increasing treatment engagement and abstinence during the 12-months follow-up period.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Drug Abuse Alcohol Abuse Nicotine Dependence Behavioral: iMET Behavioral: MET Phase 1

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized Controlled Trial of Computerized MET for Adolescent Substance Use
Study Start Date : October 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date : January 2017

Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: Treatment as Usual
Patients will receive the usual care from the treatment program
Experimental: iMET
Participants will complete a self-guided computerized Motivational Enhancement Therapy
Behavioral: iMET
Self-completed, computerized motivational enhancement therapy

Experimental: MET
Clinician-delivered Motivational Enhancement Therapy
Behavioral: MET
Clinician-delivered Motivational Enhancement Therapy

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Treatment engagement [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    We will compare the number of individual visits in the program, the number of group sessions completed, and the number of urine screens completed during a 12 month follow-up period by each participant in the three study arms.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Days abstinent [ Time Frame: past-90-days ]
    We will calculate the past-90-days number of days abstinent from any substance use and from the primary substance and the number of weeks abstinent from any substance use.

  2. Driving/Riding Risk [ Time Frame: past-90-days ]
    We will compare group trends in prevalence and frequency of past-90-days Driving while impaired or Riding with an impaired driver.

  3. HIV Risk Behavior [ Time Frame: past-90-days ]
    We will compare group trends in prevalence and frequency of past-90-days HIV Risk Behaviors.

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Treatment process/quality [ Time Frame: 60 days ]
    We will compare completion of the 2 MET sessions, and completion of the third follow-up visit between the iMET and MET conditions.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 21 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • completed initial visit at the treatment program;
  • be available to return for iMET/MET sessions (if assigned)
  • be available to complete all follow-up measurements
  • a past-12-month CRAFFT score >1
  • have used substances on >6 days (not including tobacco use) during the 90 days preceding their visit

Exclusion Criteria:

  • unable to speak and understand English, or read English at a 5th grade reading level
  • youth deemed by the clinical team to require immediate hospitalization or referral to more intensive residential treatment

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01784653

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United States, Massachusetts
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston Children’s Hospital
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Principal Investigator: Sion K Harris, PhD Boston Children’s Hospital

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Responsible Party: Sion Kim Harris, Co-Director, Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, Boston Children’s Hospital Identifier: NCT01784653    
Other Study ID Numbers: SKH R01 PA-13-077
First Posted: February 6, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 12, 2017
Last Verified: April 2017
Keywords provided by Sion Kim Harris, Boston Children’s Hospital:
Substance abuse
Drug abuse
Alcohol abuse
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Tobacco Use Disorder
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Alcohol-Related Disorders