Technology-Based Intervention For Reducing Sexually Transmitted Infections and Substance Use During Pregnancy
The five-year randomized controlled trial will consist of a racially diverse sample of 250 pregnant women at risk of STIs and alcohol/drug use. The women will be assigned to one of two groups: a computer-delivered, single-session brief intervention plus two booster sessions involving motivational interviewing, or a computer-delivered control group.
This new study builds upon previous research by Dr. Golfo K. Tzilos Wernette and colleagues at the University of Michigan where they pilot tested the Health Check-up for Expectant Moms (HCEM) and found it to be acceptable and effective in reducing rates of alcohol and drug use during pregnancy. The new study is aimed at reducing sexually transmitted infections and substance use during pregnancy, using a mobile and computer-based intervention designed to assist pregnant women in making healthier decisions about drug and alcohol use and abuse and avoid risky sex.