Condition category
Digestive System
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Retrospectively registered
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Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Between 1970 and 2010, death rates from liver disease have increased five-fold in the UK, with the vast majority of deaths due to alcohol-related liver disease. It is difficult to detect the development of liver disease as patients tend not to have symptoms in the early stages. Although half of patients who eventually come into contact with liver specialist services will stop drinking, half of this group die before their livers are able to recover. One third of patients admitted to hospital with alcohol-related liver disease will die within a year from a complication of their illness. However, those who survive this period are likely to do well if they stop drinking. In the recent ALDDeS study, ,blood tests were taken for patients with a high alcohol intake to look for evidence of developing liver disease. It was found that about half of patients had a high or possible risk of liver disease, and these patients were shown to reduce their drinking up to a year after the tests. The study was based in GP surgeries and showed that it is possible to identify patients at risk of liver disease. In this study, a separate test to assess for liver disease (liver elastography) is tested. This is a simple, non-invasive test that involves measuring how stiff the liver is with a probe; there are no complications or side effects. The aim would be to see how accurate liver elastography is compared with the blood tests, and the possibility of using these tests in a GP practice.

Who can participate?
Patients identified in the ALDDeS study at high risk of liver disease will be invited to participate.

What does the study involve?
The study involves you attending one mutually agreed, 30-minute appointment with a member of the study team at your GP practice. The researcher will check that you are happy to participate in the study and ask you to sign a consent form. They will ask you to complete a short alcohol questionnaire and ask you to answer some further questions about your alcohol consumption. You will then be offered a repeat blood test that you had in the ALDDeS study. You will then be offered to have your liver assessed by elastography, which is similar to having an ultrasound scan of your liver. This procedure is painless and takes about 5-10 minutes - you will feel a series of flicks in your ribcage. You will then receive a letter with your test results from the study team, which will be copied to your GP.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
The possible benefit to you is that if you are suspected of having early liver disease, the study team can alert you and your GP to this and you can be referred for specialist consultation as necessary. The wider benefits include helping the study team see how useful each test is in helping identify those people who are silently developing liver disease. There are no risks as such in participating, although sometimes it is not always possible to obtain an accurate elastography reading in some people.

Where is the study run from?
The study sites are eight GP surgeries in and around the Southampton area (UK) that were previously involved in the ALDDeS study: Three Swans Surgery, Salisbury Wiltshire; Nightingale Surgery, Romsey, Hampshire; Brockenhurst Surgery, New Forest Medical Group, Hampshire; Wilton Health Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire; Rosemary Medical Centre, Poole, Dorset; Endless Street Surgery, Salisbury, Wiltshire; Gosport Medical Centre, Gosport, Hampshire; Oakley and Overton Surgery, Overton, Hampshire.

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
The study started in March 2014 and is expected to run until November 2014.

Who is funding the study?
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), UK.

Who is the main contact?
Mrs Judy Chatwin

Trial website

Contact information



Primary contact

Mrs Judy Chatwin


Contact details

Primary Medical Care
Aldermoor Health Centre
Aldermoor Close
SO16 5ST
United Kingdom

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Study information

Scientific title

Fibroscan elastography staging of liver disease in participants from the ALDDeS study


Study hypothesis

The principal question is to assess for the presence of liver fibrosis using liver elastography, in a community population already deemed high risk of liver disease using serum fibrosis markers (Southampton Traffic Light test), and to assess if there is any correlation between the two methods.

Ethics approval

14/SC/0002; First MREC approval date 14/01/2014

Study design

Non-randomised; Observational; Design type: Validation of investigational/therapeutic procedures

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Secondary study design

Non randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

GP practices

Trial type


Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet


Topic: Primary Care; Subtopic: Not Assigned; Disease: All Diseases


FibroScan, Portable transient liver elastography; Southampton Traffic Light Test, Panel of serum fibrosis markers and platelet count blood test; Follow Up Length: 0 month(s); Study Entry : Registration only

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Not Applicable

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Primary outcome measures

Positive predictive value of Southampton Traffic Light Test; Timepoint(s): On assessment with liver elastography

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Not provided at time of registration

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Reason abandoned


Participant inclusion criteria

Participants from the previous study ALDDES who were found to be at a possible or probable risk of liver fibrosis

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Target number of participants

Planned Sample Size: 90; UK Sample Size: 90; Description: Participants from a previous study ALDDES who were assessed as a possible or probable risk of liver fibrosis

Participant exclusion criteria

Known pre-existing liver disease

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Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Primary Medical Care
SO16 5ST
United Kingdom

Sponsor information


University of Southampton (UK)

Sponsor details

Southampton Primary Care Academic Unit
School of Medicine
Aldermoor Close
SO16 5ST
United Kingdom

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Funder name

NIHR School for Primary Care Research (UK); Grant Codes: 241

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Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

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