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Preventing substance misuse: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial of the Strengthening Families Programme 10-14 UK (SFP 10-14 UK)

Segrott, Jeremy ORCID:, Gillespie, David ORCID:, Holliday, Joanne, Humphreys, Ioan, Murphy, Simon ORCID:, Phillips, Ceri, Reed, Hayley ORCID:, Rothwell, Heather, Foxcroft, David, Hood, Kerenza ORCID:, Roberts, Zoe Elizabeth Sara, Scourfield, Jonathan Bryn ORCID:, Thomas, Claire and Moore, Laurence Anthony Russell 2014. Preventing substance misuse: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial of the Strengthening Families Programme 10-14 UK (SFP 10-14 UK). BMC Public Health 14 (1) , 49. 10.1186/1471-2458-14-49

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Background Prevention of alcohol, drug and tobacco misuse by young people is a key public health priority. There is a need to develop the evidence base through rigorous evaluations of innovative approaches to substance misuse prevention. The Strengthening Families Programme 10–14 is a universal family-based alcohol, drugs and tobacco prevention programme, which has achieved promising results in US trials, and which now requires cross-cultural assessment. This paper therefore describes the protocol for a randomised controlled trial of the UK version of the Strengthening Families Programme 10–14 (SFP 10–14 UK). Methods/Design The trial comprises a pragmatic cluster randomised controlled effectiveness trial with families as the unit of randomisation, with embedded process and economic evaluations. Participating families will be randomised to one of two treatment groups - usual care with full access to existing services (control group), or usual care plus SFP 10–14 UK (intervention group). The trial has two primary outcomes - the number of occasions that young people report having drunk alcohol in the last 30 days, and drunkenness during the last 30 days, both dichotomised as ‘never’ and ‘1-2 times or more’. The main follow-up is at 2 years past baseline, and short-term and intermediate outcomes are also measured at 9 and 15 months. Discussion The results from this trial will provide evidence on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of an innovative universal family-based substance misuse prevention programme in a UK context. Trial registration Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN63550893.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Substance misuse; Alcohol; Prevention; Strengthening Families Programme 10–14; SFP 10–14 UK; Young people
Publisher: BioMed Central
ISSN: 1471-2458
Funders: MRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 17 December 2013
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 19:17

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