Internet-based Video-conferencing to Address Alcohol Use and Pain: a Pilot Trial

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    Boston University Charles River Campus
Updated on 27 January 2021


This pilot study seeks to provide effect size estimates and test feasibility of a novel, integrated behavioral approach to reduce heavy drinking and chronic pain among patients in HIV-care delivered via internet-based videoconferencing.


This pilot study is a between-groups design to compare a novel integrated behavioral video telehealth intervention for heavy drinking PLWH with chronic pain to a control condition. Forty-eight heavy drinking patients in HIV-care with moderate or greater pain will be recruited for the study. Following baseline assessment, participants will be randomly assigned to either intervention or control conditions. Participants will complete assessment measures of heavy drinking and pain interference/severity at 3 and 6 months post-baseline. Secondary alcohol outcomes will include alcohol-related consequences

Condition Control Condition, Alcohol Drinking and Chronic Pain Intervention
Treatment Treatment As Usual, Motivational and Cognitive-Behavioral Management for Alcohol and Pain (MCBMAP)
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04441593
SponsorBoston University Charles River Campus
Last Modified on27 January 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

engaged in HIV care, heavy drinking defined as more than 7/14 drinks per week for women/men or by a single episode of 4/5 (women/men), chronic (at least 3 months duration) moderate or greater (4 or more on the severity scale of the BPI, and non-cancer related pain

Exclusion Criteria

psychoactive medication for pain or alcohol use for fewer than 2 months
history of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia
current expressed suicidal intent
prior history of alcohol withdrawal related seizures or delirium tremens
current behavioral treatment for pain or alcohol use
any scheduled surgery within the next 6 months or acute life threatening illness that requires treatment
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