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Intervention | Research at the EPiCSS group

The research in the EPiCSS group is broadly focused on interventions to reduce substance use, including alcohol, cannabis and other illicit drugs. Interventions studied include physical activity, internet-based treatment, and brief interventions in primary and specialist healthcare.

The goal is to broaden the array of effective treatments, increase help-seeking, and ultimately reduce substance use. Another aim is to identify factors that increase the risk of substance use, and factors associated with successful treatment outcomes.

Research projects

Evidence-based interventions for alcohol use disorders

Project contact: Sven Andreasson, Anna-Karin Danielsson

There is an underuse of evidence-based interventions, including screening and brief intervention as well as treatment for alcohol use disorders. The overall aim with this project is to study innovative approaches to improve measurement of alcohol consumption and whether new technology can improve outcomes of treatment of alcohol use disorders.








Mindfulness and maternal depression/anxiety

Project contact: Maria Niemi

Mindfulness based interventions have been included in the Swedish national guidelines for depression and anxiety management, and are increasingly being used in health-care. A novel mindfulness parental programme has in our pilot trial shown good effects on reducing stress and depression in participating parents from pre- to post-intervention.

The aim of this study is to examine whether this parental programme is more effective than usual maternal care in preventing adverse psychosocial and health consequences for the infant.

Altogether 213 participants, selected on basis of increased risk for perinatal stress or depression and/or childhood adversity, have been randomized to an intervention or control group.

Maternal physiological, biological and psychological outcome measures have already been gathered at baseline, post-intervention, and 3, 9 and 12 months post-intervention.

Exercise and mental health

Project contact: Mats Hallgren

Two ongoing projects in the EPiCSS research group focus on links between physical activity, wellbeing and mental health. The first project 'FitForChange' is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) investigating effects of a 12-week exercise programme on alcohol consumption (primary outcome) and health-related variables (stress, depression/anxiety, sleep quality, etc) in alcohol dependent adults. This study is run at 'Riddargatan1', an outpatient clinic located in central Stockholm.

The second project, FitForAge, also an RCT, aims to better understand the effects of yoga-based exercise on subjective wellbeing (primary outcome), health related outcomes in older adults (65-85 years). In addition to self-report measures of health, both studies include biological markers to assess intervention effects; e.g. cortisol, inflammatory markers.

Study protocol (FitForAge)

Effects of yoga on wellbeing and healthy ageing: a randomized controlled trial (FitForAge) (pdf)