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Recent advances in digital health interventions for substance use disorders


Boumparis, Nikolaos; Schaub, Michael P (2022). Recent advances in digital health interventions for substance use disorders. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 35(4):246-251.

Abstract

Purpose of review

The purpose of this review is to provide an update of the recently published randomized controlled trials in the field of digital health interventions for substance use disorders.
Recent findings

Over the past 2 years, five cannabis-specific and seven polysubstance-focused randomized controlled trials were published. No studies were found that focused on opioid or psychostimulant use disorders. Most studies examined feasibility but were underpowered to assess effectiveness. Given the optimistic results of the studies in regards to feasibility more fully powered trials should be conducted. In addition, the literature is in need for an increased focus on comorbidity and outcome standardization.
Summary

Although the number of studies targeting new target groups, technologies and new delivery settings has increased – future studies should consider the identified gaps and suggestions to further strengthen the evidence of digital interventions targeting substance use disorders.

Abstract

Purpose of review

The purpose of this review is to provide an update of the recently published randomized controlled trials in the field of digital health interventions for substance use disorders.
Recent findings

Over the past 2 years, five cannabis-specific and seven polysubstance-focused randomized controlled trials were published. No studies were found that focused on opioid or psychostimulant use disorders. Most studies examined feasibility but were underpowered to assess effectiveness. Given the optimistic results of the studies in regards to feasibility more fully powered trials should be conducted. In addition, the literature is in need for an increased focus on comorbidity and outcome standardization.
Summary

Although the number of studies targeting new target groups, technologies and new delivery settings has increased – future studies should consider the identified gaps and suggestions to further strengthen the evidence of digital interventions targeting substance use disorders.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Swiss Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Psychiatry and Mental Health
Uncontrolled Keywords:Psychiatry and Mental health
Language:English
Date:1 July 2022
Deposited On:13 Sep 2022 12:46
Last Modified:14 Sep 2022 20:00
Publisher:Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISSN:0951-7367
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1097/yco.0000000000000798
PubMed ID:35781464

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