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Screening and Intervention Programme for Sensible drinking - Primary Health Care
ISRCTN ISRCTN06145674
DOI 10.1186/ISRCTN06145674
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Public title Screening and Intervention Programme for Sensible drinking - Primary Health Care
Scientific title Pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of primary health care screening and brief alcohol intervention
Acronym SIPS (PHC)
Serial number at source SIPS-PHC
Study hypothesis The more intensive brief interventions for hazardous and harmful drinkers will be more effective, as follows: lifestyle counselling is more effective than simple structured advice, which is in turn more effective than a patient information leaflet.

As of 11/03/2009 this record was updated to include an extended anticipated end date; the initial end date at the time of registration was 31/12/2008. At this time, the sponsor field was also updated to include the current sponsor of Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London (UK). The initial sponsor at the time of registration was St George's University of London (UK).
Lay summary Not provided at time of registration
Ethics approval London Local Research Ethics Committees (LREC) approved on the 30th March 2007 (ref: 06/MRE02/90)
Study design Pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial
Countries of recruitment United Kingdom
Disease/condition/study domain Hazardous alcohol consumption in primary care
Participants - inclusion criteria 1. Positive screening result on Fast Alcohol Screen Test (FAST) or the Single Alcohol Screening Questionnaire (SASQ)
2. Patient who is alert and orientated
3. Aged 18 or over, either sex
4. Able to speak English sufficiently well to complete study questionnaires
5. Resident within England
Participants - exclusion criteria 1. Patients already in contact with alcohol services
2. Those already included in the study
3. Those requesting tertiary level help with alcohol problems
4. Significant psychiatric disorder
Anticipated start date 01/04/2007
Anticipated end date 30/06/2010
Status of trial Completed
Patient information material Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet
Target number of participants 744
Interventions 1. Control condition: Practices in the control condition will record the screening outcome, feedback the result of screening to patients and offer them a Patient Information Leaflet (PIL).

The PIL to be used in this trial ‘Alcohol and Sensible Drinking’ is readily available to Primary Health Care (PHC) clinicians via the EMIS computer system and contains details of a Drinkline telephone number. We will ensure that practice not using EMIS have a comparable written PIL available.

2. Simple structured advice: Clinicians who may be GPs or primary care nurses will feed back the results of screening to patients and deliver up to 5 minutes of simple structured advice, using the Drink-Less brief intervention materials (level 1), and offer them a PIL identical to that in the control condition.

3. Brief lifestyle counselling: Clinicians who may be GPs or primary care nurses will feedback the results of screening to patients and deliver 15-20 minutes of lifestyle counselling using the Drink-Less brief intervention materials (level 2).
Primary outcome measure(s) Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) at baseline and 6 months.
Secondary outcome measure(s) The following will be assessed at baseline and 6 months:
1. EQ-5D questionnaire (quality of life assessment)
2. Service utilisation
3. Alcohol Problems Questionnaire
4. Staff attitudinal and organisational measure
Sources of funding Department of Health (UK) - part of an action under the government’s Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for England (2004)
Trial website http://www.sips.iop.kcl.ac.uk/
Publications 1. 2009 protocol in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19664255
2. 2013 results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23303891
Contact name Prof  Colin  Drummond
  Address Section of Alcohol Research
National Addiction Centre, PO48
Division of Psychological Medicine and Psychiatry
Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London
4 Windsor Walk
  City/town London
  Zip/Postcode SE5 8BB
  Country United Kingdom
Sponsor Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London (UK)
  Address 4 Windsor Walk
  City/town London
  Zip/Postcode SE5 8BB
  Country United Kingdom
  Email paolo.deluca@iop.kcl.ac.uk
  Sponsor website: http://www.iop.kcl.ac.uk
Date applied 30/04/2007
Last edited 22/02/2013
Date ISRCTN assigned 08/06/2007
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