• Burge, Sandra K (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


An investigation of 450 individuals with alcohol abuse or dependence is
proposed in order to examine the effects of a primary care alcohol abuse
intervention and a patient education program on ambulatory patients' blood
test results, drinking patterns, health problems, and psychosocial
consequences of drinking over a period of 18 months. Patients in a predominantly Hispanic, outpatient family practice clinic
will be screened for the presence of alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence.
Those who screen positive and who agree to participate in the study will be
randomly assigned to one of these experimental groups: Physician-
Intervention, Intervention-plus-Education, or N0-Intervention. Physician-
Intervention subjects will receive a standardized alcohol abuse
intervention from their physicians; Intervention-plus-Education subjects
will receive the Intervention plus a referral to a 6-week series of
patient-education classes focusing on alcohol abuse; No-Intervention
subjects will receive routine medical care from their physicians, with no
standardized intervention and no referral to classes. Data collected at enrollment and 6, 12, and 18 months post-enrollment will
be used to assess the following aims: 1.To assess whether alcohol abusing patients who receive the Intervention
have improved blood test results, health problems, and psychosocial
consequences, and decreased alcohol consumption compared to patients who
did not receive the Intervention. 2.To assess whether alcohol abusing patients who participate in patient-
education classes have improved blood test results, health problems and
psychosocial consequences, and decreased alcohol consumption, compared to
patients who were not referred to classes. 3.To examine ethnic and sexual differences in intervention and patient
education outcomes (defined by changes in blood test results, health
problems, psychosocial consequences and alcohol consumption).
Effective start/end date7/1/906/30/93


  • National Institutes of Health: $171,015.00


  • Medicine(all)


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