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BMC Public Health. 2017 May 2;17(1):380. doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4330-8.

Measuring the effectiveness of in-hospital and on-base Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) programs on reducing alcohol related harms in naval trainees: P.A.R.T.Y. Defence study protocol.

Author information

1
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Jason.watterson@monash.edu.
2
National Trauma Research Institute, Alfred Health, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC, 3004, Australia. Jason.watterson@monash.edu.
3
Royal Australian Navy Reserve, Canberra, Australia. Jason.watterson@monash.edu.
4
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
5
Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia.
6
National Trauma Research Institute, Alfred Health, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC, 3004, Australia.
7
Royal Australian Navy, Canberra, Australia.
8
Department of Neurosurgery, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.
9
Australian Army, Canberra, Australia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Reducing alcohol related harms in Australian Defence Force (ADF) trainees has been identified as a priority, but there are few evidence-based prevention programs available for the military setting. The study aims to test whether the P.A.R.T.Y. program delivered in-hospital or on-base, can reduce harmful alcohol consumption among ADF trainees.

METHODS/DESIGN:

The study is a 3-arm randomized controlled trial, involving 953 Royal Australian Navy trainees from a single base. Trainees, aged 18 to 30 years, will be randomly assigned to the study arms: i. in-hospital P.A.R.T.Y.; ii. On-base P.A.R.T.Y.; and iii.

CONTROL GROUP:

All groups will receive the routine ADF annual alcohol awareness training. The primary outcome is the proportion of participants reporting an Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) score of 8 or above at 12 months' post-intervention. The secondary outcome is the number of alcohol related incidents reported to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the 12 months' post-intervention.

DISCUSSION:

This is the first trial of the use of the P.A.R.T.Y. program in the military. If the proposed intervention proves efficacious, it may be a useful program in the early education of RAN trainees.

TRIAL REGISTRATION:

Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR): ACTRN12614001332617 , date of registration: 18/12/2014 'retrospectively registered'.

KEYWORDS:

Alcohol; Awareness; Military personnel; Risk-taking

PMID:
28464810
PMCID:
PMC5414328
DOI:
10.1186/s12889-017-4330-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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