Hotline Service for Drug-abusing Youth and Young Adults

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) logo

The University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Status

Unknown

Conditions

Drug Abuse

Treatments

Behavioral: peer-led counselling

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT04461314
MedPAC Hotline

Details and patient eligibility

About

Aim: Providing peer counselling service delivered by student counsellors with a medical background via a hotline to drug-abusing youth and young adult aged 35 or below. Objectives: i. To raise anti-drug awareness of young people in general and identify high-risk/hidden drug-abusing youth and young adult aged 35 or below in Hong Kong; and ii. To train university students with a medical background as peer counsellors; and iii. To provide drug abuse hotline service by students with a medical background as peer counsellors to drug-abusing youth and young adult aged 35 or below, and other people who call for help, including drug abusers' family members, friends, and professionals; and iv. To improve the drug-abusing youth and young adult' knowledge about the hazard of drug abuse, negative attitude, and perception towards the drug abuse through the telephone peer counselling service provided by students with medical background; and v. To increase the intention to quit and the help-seeking behavior among the drug-abusing youth and young adult; vi. To increase reduction rate and abstinence rate from drug abuse, and decrease the relapse rate among drug-abusing youth and young adult through the telephone peer counseling service.

Full description

The MedPAC Hotline Service will be promoted to high-risk and drug-abusing youth and young adults through a variety of platforms, namely schools and youth service organizations, industries, community, mass media and internet, social media, posters and snowball approach. The hotline service will operate from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekday and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekend. A peer counsellor or a research assistant will answer the telephone inquiries from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. About 50 university students will be trained as peer counsellors through a structured training programme. The students will be invited to complete the pre, post and 6-month self-administered questionnaire before, immediately and 6-month after the training programme to examine their changes of knowledge of and attitudes towards addiction counselling. A satisfaction survey will also be conducted to measure their perception on the quality of training programme. Peer counsellors will use telephone-based, Peer-led Brief Motivational Interviewing (BMI) counselling to motivate and encourage drug-abusing or high-risk youth and young adults to rehabilitate from drug abuse, assist them to manage the withdrawal symptoms, and help identify barriers and facilitators to rehabilitate from drug abuse in the telephone counselling. The peer counsellors will give referral advices if the youth and young adult needs appropriated treatment and rehabilitation services. The drug-abusing youth and young adults will be counselled and invited to complete the follow-up questionnaires over the telephone after joining the MedPAC Hotline Service programme for 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 1 year. Self-reported quitters at 6-month and 1-year follow-ups were invited to have urine test to validate the drug abuse abstinence status.

Enrollment

200 estimated patients

Sex

All

Ages

Under 35 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • The inclusion criteria of target service group for this quitline programme is that current drug abusers in Hong Kong who should (1) be aged 35 or below, (2) be able to communicate in Cantonese, and (3) have a history of drug abuse within the past 12 months (including all types of drugs such as narcotics analgesics, hallucinogens, depressants, stimulants, tranquillizers and other recreational drugs).
  • The inclusion criteria of peer counsellors providing counselling service in this quitline programme are those who should (1) be aged 18 - 35, (2) be able to communicate in Cantonese, (3) have a medical background, (4) complete the training courses and pass the evaluation of peer counsellor qualification.

Exclusion criteria

Those who are psychologically or physically unable to communicate will be excluded.

Trial design

200 participants in 1 patient group

Peer-led counselling
Other group
Description:
About 50 university students trained as peer telephone counsellors through a structured training programme. About 200 Drug-abusing youth and young adults received telephone-based, Peer-led Brief Motivational Interviewing (BMI)
Treatment:
Behavioral: peer-led counselling

Trial contacts and locations

0

Loading...

Central trial contact

Ho Cheung William Li, PhD; Wei Xia, PhD

Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

Clinical trials

Find clinical trialsTrials by location

Resources

© Copyright 2024 Veeva Systems