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Santa Rosa, California 95403


An innovative, self-administered computerized screening and brief intervention (SBI) for drinking during pregnancy will be adapted for use with non-pregnant childbearing age women and its efficacy will be tested in a small trial. Study findings will inform a larger randomized control trial for a primary prevention tool with the potential for broad health impact.

Study summary:

This study evaluates a recently piloted, self-administered, computerized tool for reducing prenatal drinking that added novel components of drink size assessment and drink size feedback to traditional screening and brief intervention (SBI). The bilingual (English and Spanish) electronic SBI or "e-SBI" will be adapted for use with non-pregnant women and a small trial of its efficacy will be conducted in two public health clinics. The effects of drink size assessment by itself and of depression as a modifier of e-SBI efficacy will also be studied. Study findings will help design a larger trial of e-SBI's efficacy for reducing prenatal alcohol use. An experimental design will be used for the proposed small trial. Two hundred women, who have not been pregnant in the past year and report alcohol at risky levels will be randomly assigned to e-SBI or usual care. Participants will complete baseline, 3-month and 6-month follow-up assessments. These assessments will examine drinking and pregnancy as well as possible negative outcomes, such as increased drug use associated with the e-SBI. To address methodological limitations in prior research, the study design incorporates drink size assessment to better measure drinking outcomes, minimizes assessment reactivity for controls at baseline, and includes a booster e-SBI at the 3-month follow up. This allows for the examination of whether drink size assessment reduces drinking by itself and if its effects are equivalent to that of the full e-SBI. With these design innovations, the study is expected to provide information that can be more rigorously assessed in a subsequent multi-arm trial. Because it sets the stage for a Phase II trial of e-SBI efficacy for reducing prenatal alcohol use, our proposed study is of significance for improved maternal and child health. Findings will also impact the larger intervention literature on cost-effective strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm.


Inclusion Criteria: - not pregnant in the last 6 months, drank alcohol in the past year, alcohol consumption was at risky levels, Exclusion Criteria: - not fluent in english or spanish,



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Principal Investigator
Madhabika Nayak, Ph.D.
Public Health Institute

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Santa Rosa, California 95403
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: January 21, 2020

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