Clinical Trial: Telephone Disease Management At-Risk Drinking (TDM II)

This study is currently recruiting patients.

Sponsored by: Department of Veterans Affairs
Information provided by: Department of Veterans Affairs


The aim of this study is to test for improvements in treatment outcomes for primary care patients with at-risk drinking when cared for using telephone disease management (TDM) compared to those treated with usual care. Based on our pilot data, TDM for at-risk drinking may be a viable method for reducing alcohol consumption in this population.

Hypotheses: The hypotheses for this research plan are: 1. A significantly greater proportion of patients assigned to TDM will obtain improvement in drinking outcomes compared to usual care. 2. TDM will lead to greater access to behavioral health care and higher intensity of treatment relative to usual care. This effect will be moderated by logistics such as transportation problems, physical functioning, and employment status. 3. More patients assigned to TDM will receive guideline adherent care.

Condition Intervention
Alcholo misuse
 Behavior: Telephone disease management

MedlinePlus consumer health information 

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Treatment, Randomized, Single Blind, Placebo Control, Parallel Assignment, Efficacy Study

Official Title: Telephone Disease Management At-Risk Drinking (TDM 11)

Further Study Details: 
Primary Outcomes: Reduced alcohol use
Secondary Outcomes: Improved quality of life.
Expected Total Enrollment:  200

Study start: January 2004

We propose to randomize 200 patients with at-risk drinking from four primary care clinics at the PVAMC and three Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). Patients will be identified for participation by 1. referrals from primary care clinicians based on existing screening and clinical exams or 2. from the screening of a random subset of patients with an appointment in the primary care clinic. A baseline assessment will establish eligibility for participation in the study. The baseline assessment will also allow identification of those patients who screen positive but do not have a definable behavioral health problem and those with severe symptoms who may need more intensive help than provided by the study.

Consenting eligible patients will be randomly assigned to TDM or the lower intensity intervention of usual care. For those patients assigned to usual care, the physician will administer further evaluations and treatment as he/she sees fit. For those assigned to TDM, the primary care provider remains the agent of treatment, but a Behavioral Health Specialist (BHS) is made available to: maintain regularly scheduled telephone contact, develop a treatment plan, monitor treatment effectiveness, assess and encourage treatment adherence, and offer support and education. The role of the health specialist is defined by a treatment manual that adheres to the recommendations of VA practice guidelines. TDM is based on a chronic care model of treatment and includes a minimum of three BAI sessions. The health specialist will communicate assessment information with the PCP in order to coordinate treatment decisions.

The principal outcomes of the study relate to reduction in alcohol use within recommended guidelines as well as access and utilization of behavioral health services over the course of 12 months. Results favoring TDM may provide a low-cost, highly efficient mechanism for integrating behavioral health with primary care for these patients. This project thus meets several of the priority areas for HSR&D funding including improving access to care, the implementation of practice guidelines, use of telemedicine, and patient-centered care.


Ages Eligible for Study:  18 Years and above,  Genders Eligible for Study:  Both

Inclusion Criteria: 1 be 18 years of age and over, male or female. 2 meet criteria for at-risk drinking as defined by drinking more than 21 standard drinks per week (14 for women or those over age 65).

Exclusion Criteria: 3)show an absence of any of the following: suicidal ideation, b.regular current use of illicit substances other than alcohol c.diagnosis of current alcohol dependence d.current hallucinations and delusions e.current symptoms of PTSD f. a history of mania or hypomania. 4) have adequate hearing to participate in telephone assessments and access to a telephone. Subjects will also show an absence of other barriers to verbal communication (e.g., aphasia) and will be cognitively intact (Brief Orientation Memory and Concentration task greater than 15 for those over age 54). 5) not actively participating in specialized addiction treatment within the prior 3-months. 6) not currently enrolled in another clinical trial 7) not expected to move from the VISN 4 area within 12 months

Location and Contact Information

Please refer to this study by identifier  NCT00123409

      VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania,  19104,  United States; Recruiting
Mary B Walsh, RN  412-688-6000  Ext. 4897 
David W Oslin, MD  215-615-3083 

More Information


Datto CJ, Thompson R, Horowitz D, Disbot M, Oslin DW. The pilot study of a telephone disease management program for depression. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2003 May-Jun;25(3):169-77.

Study ID Numbers:  IIR 02-108
Record last reviewed:  July 2005
Last Updated:  July 25, 2005
Record first received:  July 21, 2005 Identifier:  NCT00123409
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government processed this record on 2005-07-26

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