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An evaluation of brief correspondence programs for problem drinkers

Kavanagh, David J., Sitharthan, Thiagarajan , Spilsbury, Georgina , & Vignaendra, Sumitra (1999) An evaluation of brief correspondence programs for problem drinkers. Behavior Therapy, 30(4), pp. 641-656.

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Abstract

The provision of accessible and cost-effective treatment to a large number of problem drinkers is a significant challenge to health services. Previous data suggest that a correspondence intervention may assist in these efforts. We recruited 277 people with alcohol abuse problems and randomly allocated them to immediate cognitive behavioral treatment by correspondence (ICBT), 2 months in a waiting list (WL2-CBT), self-monitoring (SM2-CBT), or extended self-monitoring (SM6-CBT). Everyone received correspondence CBT after the control period. Over 2 months later, no drop in alcohol intake occurred in the waiting list, and CBT had a greater impact than SM. No further gains from SM were seen after 2 months. Effects of CBT were well maintained and were equivalent, whether it was received immediately or after 2 to 6 months of self-monitoring. Weekly alcohol intake fell 48% from pretreatment to 18.6 alcohol units at 12 months. Our results confirmed that correspondence CBT for alcohol abuse was accessible and effective for people with low physical dependence.

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ID Code: 28943
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: correspondence intervention , ICBT, WL2-CBT, SM2-CBT, SM6-CBT
DOI: 10.1016/S0005-7894(99)80030-6
ISSN: 0005-7894
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2009 16:03
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 04:05

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