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Assessing feasibility and acceptability of a brief intervention for risky alcohol consumption in sexual health clinic attendees: a randomised controlled trial

Assessing feasibility and acceptability of a brief intervention for risky alcohol consumption in sexual health clinic attendees: a randomised controlled trial
Assessing feasibility and acceptability of a brief intervention for risky alcohol consumption in sexual health clinic attendees: a randomised controlled trial
Objectives: To assess the feasibility and acceptability of screening attendees at a sexual health clinic (SHC) for alcohol misuse, and delivering a brief intervention (BI). To explore the effect of this BI on drinking and sexual behaviour.

Methods: A consecutive sample of consenting SHC attendees aged ?16?years were screened using Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test Consumption (AUDIT-C). Men scoring ?5 and women scoring ?4 were invited to complete the full AUDIT, alcohol diary and baseline questionnaire.

Interventions: Participants were randomised to receive BI by a trained sexual health professional or a standard alcohol leaflet (usual care, UC). All were followed up for changes in alcohol and sexual behaviour at 6?weeks and 6?months. A fidelity check and staff focus group were undertaken.

Results Of: 664 participants screened, 215 (32%) were eligible for randomisation and 207 were included in the final analysis: 103 (BI) and 104 (UC). Follow-up rates were 54% and 47% at 6?weeks and 6?months, respectively. Both groups reduced alcohol consumption though the degree of change did not differ between them. There was some evidence of positive changes in sexual health risk in both groups. BI was delivered as intended, adding 5?minutes to the consultation, and staff feedback was positive.

Conclusions: Alcohol misuse was common in SHC attendees. Systematic assessment and BI for alcohol misuse was feasible and acceptable to staff and patients. Identification and provision of standard information alone appeared to influence drinking and sexual behaviour.

Trial registration number: ISRCTN19452424.
1471-1893
143-151
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Roderick, P., Sundaram, S., Dimitrov, B.D., Dewhirst, S., Tucker, L.J., Leydon, G., Sheron, N., Frater, A. and Harindra, V. (2016) Assessing feasibility and acceptability of a brief intervention for risky alcohol consumption in sexual health clinic attendees: a randomised controlled trial. Journal of Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care, 42 (2), 143-151. (doi:10.1136/jfprhc-2014-100912). (PMID:26259896)

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Abstract

Objectives: To assess the feasibility and acceptability of screening attendees at a sexual health clinic (SHC) for alcohol misuse, and delivering a brief intervention (BI). To explore the effect of this BI on drinking and sexual behaviour.

Methods: A consecutive sample of consenting SHC attendees aged ?16?years were screened using Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test Consumption (AUDIT-C). Men scoring ?5 and women scoring ?4 were invited to complete the full AUDIT, alcohol diary and baseline questionnaire.

Interventions: Participants were randomised to receive BI by a trained sexual health professional or a standard alcohol leaflet (usual care, UC). All were followed up for changes in alcohol and sexual behaviour at 6?weeks and 6?months. A fidelity check and staff focus group were undertaken.

Results Of: 664 participants screened, 215 (32%) were eligible for randomisation and 207 were included in the final analysis: 103 (BI) and 104 (UC). Follow-up rates were 54% and 47% at 6?weeks and 6?months, respectively. Both groups reduced alcohol consumption though the degree of change did not differ between them. There was some evidence of positive changes in sexual health risk in both groups. BI was delivered as intended, adding 5?minutes to the consultation, and staff feedback was positive.

Conclusions: Alcohol misuse was common in SHC attendees. Systematic assessment and BI for alcohol misuse was feasible and acceptable to staff and patients. Identification and provision of standard information alone appeared to influence drinking and sexual behaviour.

Trial registration number: ISRCTN19452424.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 July 2015
e-pub ahead of print date: 10 August 2015
Published date: April 2016
Organisations: Primary Care & Population Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 365694
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/365694
ISSN: 1471-1893
PURE UUID: db50fe42-6909-40d5-b9a5-e654378a8cd9
ORCID for P. Roderick: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9475-6850
ORCID for G. Leydon: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5986-3300
ORCID for N. Sheron: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5232-8292

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Last modified: 08 Oct 2019 00:54

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