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Monitoring of 'Reduce your use', a web-based cannabis treatment program

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Australian Government Department of Health

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Dr Sally Rooke
Research Fellow
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Honorary Professor
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Project Main Description: 

A recent randomised controlled trial found that Reduce your use was effective in assisting cannabis users to quit or cut down on their use. The program is now publicly available via the NCPIC website, and ongoing monitoring is required in order to assess public response to the program with regard to uptake, compliance, satisfaction, and preferred elements of the program.


The objective of this project is to monitor Reduce your use  from the back end, and obtain information on the following

  • Number of people who sign up for the program versus total number who click on the RYU home page.
  • Number of modules completed by those who sign up (averages and individual data)
  • Time spent completing each module (averages and individual data)
  • Number of optional extras people elect to complete (and averages)
  • Number of quick assist links people use (and averages)
  • Percentage of participants who download optional documents such as the self-monitoring diary, relaxation form, anger management form, and assertiveness form
  • Most popular quick assist links (i.e., number of times each link is clicked)
  • Percentage of video mode versus text mode used
  • Average module ratings
  • Most popular optional extras and averages, controlling for modules completed
  • List of comments on each module left by participants
  • Whether participants who drop out of the program (classified as no accessing it for one month) return to the program at any point. 
Design and Method: 

NCPIC’s web-team will collect the information indicated above, and provide NCPIC with a final spreadsheet collating the requested information.  


Monitoring for the first 12 months from which RYU was made publically available has been completed. This period was from August 2013 to August 2014. During this time almost 1500 people signed up to the program (an average of 122 sign-ups per month). Program evaluations and detailed usage data have been collected and analysed and are currently in press as a NCPIC Bulletin. Overall feedback from users was positive providing an average program rating of 7 out of 10.


NCPIC Bulletin (in press)


The study may assist NCPIC in making revisions to the website, and could also guide others in developing self-help materials for substance use and other health-related issues.   

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