Project Relay Model for Recruiting Alcohol Dependent Patients in General Hospitals (Relay)
|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02188043|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 11, 2014
Last Update Posted : September 29, 2017
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the Relay Model helping alcohol dependent patients at a general hospital to start specialized alcohol treatment in order to assess i) efficacy, ii) cost-effectiveness and iii) overall societal cost impacts.
The effect of the Relay Model will be investigated in a single-blind pragmatic randomised controlled trial in which the control group consists of patients referred to treatment by usual procedures.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Alcohol Use Disorder Alcohol Dependency||Behavioral: Relay Model||Not Applicable|
An increase in individuals with alcohol dependence receiving specialized alcohol treatment will be of major importance for society's response to alcohol problems and its consequences. The Danish population has a large intake of alcohol. Approximately 20% of the adult population are heavy drinkers ( >14/21 drinks/ week (women/men)), 14% are harmful users, and 3% are dependent drinkers. Untreated alcohol use disorders lead to frequent contacts to the health care system associated with considerable human and societal costs. A first approach would be to identify and recruit patients from general hospitals, where the proportion of inpatients with alcohol use disorders range between 16 % and 26%. A referral model to ensure treatment for alcohol dependent patients after discharge is needed.
The main objective of the study is to develop strategies which increase the likelihood that patients report for outpatient alcohol treatment after discharge. It is likely that an optimization of the transfer procedure between hospital and outpatient clinic will lead to that more patients will be engage in psychosocial treatment for their alcohol abuse, which will improve the prognosis, reduce re-admissions and the use of hospital beds and, thus have positive economic consequences. We evaluate the Relay Model in order to assess i) efficacy, ii) cost-effectiveness and iii) overall societal cost impacts.
The target group of the present study is patients suffering from alcohol dependence admitted to a general hospital located in an urban area and a general hospital located in a rural area.
A single-blind pragmatic randomised controlled trial including patients admitted to Hospital. The study group(n=500) receive an Intervention and the control group(n=500) are referred to treatment by usual procedures. All patients complete a lifestyle questionnaire with the Danish self-report version of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) embedded as a case identification strategy. The patients are informed that an alcohol therapist may contact them and give feedback on their responses.
The completed forms are reviewed daily and an AUDIT score of 8+prompts a call to the Alcohol therapist, who attends the departments on different days randomly drawn by a computer. The RELAY MODEL intervention include a Brief Motivational Intervention. Patients who score AUDIT 16+ are also offered an appointment at the alcohol treatment clinic.
Primary measure is health care expenditures 12 months after discharge, according to the International Classification of Health Accounts, extracted from population registers. The analysis will be repeated on a yearly basis during the following 5 years.
Secondary outcome: The percentage of the target group, who, 30 days after discharge, reports at the alcohol treatment clinics.
A multiple regression model will be used. Since non-treated alcohol disorders generate a high number of societal costs annually for health care, social services, traffic accidents, criminal activities and lost productions we believe the Relay Model to be either cost-neutral or cost-effective, i.e. low net costs compared to effectiveness. We expect to establish evidence that the Relay Model is either cost-neutral or cost-effective, compared to referral by usual procedures.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||1000 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Primary Purpose:||Health Services Research|
|Official Title:||Relay Model for Recruiting Alcohol Dependent Patients in General Hospitals - A Single-blind Pragmatic Randomised Trial|
|Study Start Date :||November 2013|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||June 2017|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||June 2017|
AUDIT score 8+: Brief Motivational Intervention with alcohol therapist. AUDITscore16+:Brief Motivational Intervention and appointment at Alcohol Treatment Clinic
Behavioral: Relay Model
The Clinical staff hand out and collect lifestyle - questionnaires to admitted patients, and screen by 10 alcohol questions (AUDIT) , and report score to outpatient Alcohol Clinic.
Based on the questionnaire that the patient filled out, the Alcohol therapist perform a brief Motivational Intervention on patients with an AUDIT score of 8+, focusing the patients alcohol consumption habits and offer an appointment to patients with an AUDIT score of 16+.
No Intervention: Usual Referral Procedure
Hospital staff refer patient to Alcohol Treatment Clinic according to usual procedure
- health care expenditures [ Time Frame: 12 - 60 months ]Primary measure is Health care expenditures 12 months after discharge, according to the International Classification of Health Accounts, extracted from population registers.
- report to alcohol clinic [ Time Frame: 30 days ]Secondary outcome is the percentage of the target group, who, 30 days after discharge, reports at the alcohol treatment clinics.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02188043
|RESCueH alcohol Studies, Unit of Clinical Alcohol Research, Psyciatric Research Unit, Clinical Institute, University of Southern Denmark|
|Odense, Denmark, DK - 5000 C|
|Principal Investigator:||Bent Nielsen, Ph.Dfirstname.lastname@example.org|