Study protocol : Screening and treatment of alcohol-related trauma (START): a randomised controlled trial

Jayaraj, Rama, Thomas, Mahiban, Kavanagh, David J., d'Abbs, Peter, Mayo, Luke, Thomson, Valerie, Griffin, Carolyn, & Nagel, Tricia (2012) Study protocol : Screening and treatment of alcohol-related trauma (START): a randomised controlled trial. BMC Health Services Research, 12, p. 371.

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Abstract

Background: The incidence of mandibular fractures in the Northern Territory of Australia is very high, especially among Indigenous people. Alcohol intoxication is implicated in the majority of facial injuries, and substance use is therefore an important target for secondary prevention. The current study tests the efficacy of a brief therapy, Motivational Care Planning, in improving wellbeing and substance misuse in youth and adults hospitalised with alcohol-related facial trauma.

Methods and design: The study is a randomised controlled trial with 6 months of follow-up, to examine the effectiveness of a brief and culturally adapted intervention in improving outcomes for trauma patients with at-risk drinking admitted to the Royal Darwin Hospital maxillofacial surgery unit. Potential participants are identified using AUDIT-C questionnaire. Eligible participants are randomised to either Motivational Care Planning (MCP) or Treatment as Usual (TAU). The outcome measures will include quantity and frequency of alcohol and other substance use by Timeline Followback. The recruitment target is 154 participants, which with 20% dropout, is hoped to provide 124 people receiving treatment and follow-up.

Discussion: This project introduces screening and brief interventions for high-risk drinkers admitted to the hospital with facial trauma. It introduces a practical approach to integrating brief interventions in the hospital setting, and has potential to demonstrate significant benefits for at-risk drinkers with facial trauma.

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ID Code: 56714
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: facial trauma, Indigenous Australians or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, alcohol related injury, culturally appropriate intervention
DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-12-371
ISSN: 1472-6963
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
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Copyright Owner: © 2012 Jayaraj et al.
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Deposited On: 31 Jan 2013 02:40
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2014 21:24

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