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BMC Public Health

, 9:16

First Online: 14 January 2009Received: 14 October 2008Accepted: 14 January 2009DOI: 10.1186-1471-2458-9-16

Cite this article as: Blankers, M., Koeter, M. & Schippers, G.M. BMC Public Health 2009 9: 16. doi:10.1186-1471-2458-9-16

Abstract

BackgroundOnly a minority of all alcohol- and drug abusers is receiving professional care. In an attempt to narrow this treatment gap, treatment facilities experiment with online healthcare. Therefore, it is important to test the cost-effectiveness of online health interventions in a randomized clinical trial.

MethodsThis paper presents the protocol of a three-arm randomized clinical trial to test the cost- effectiveness of online treatment for problem drinkers. Self-help online, therapy online and a waiting list are tested against each other. Primary outcome is change in alcohol consumption. Secondary outcome measures include quality of life and working ability. Incremental cost-effectiveness ratios for self-help online alcohol and therapy online alcohol will be calculated. The predictive validity of participant characteristics on treatment adherence and outcome will be explored.

DiscussionTo our best knowledge, this randomized clinical trial will be the first to test the effectiveness of therapy online against both self-help online and a waiting-list. It will provide evidence on cost- effectiveness of online treatment for problem drinkers and investigate outcome predictors.

Trial registrationThis trial is registered in the Dutch Trialregister Cochrane Collaboration and traceable as NTR-TC1155.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2458-9-16 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Matthijs Blankers - Maarten Koeter - Gerard M Schippers

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