A Randomized and Controlled Acceptability Trial of an Internet-based Therapy among Inpatients with Co-occurring Substance Use and Other Psychiatric Disorders

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Abstract

Objectives: Technology-assisted treatment (TAT) holds promise for innovative assessment, prevention, and treatment of substance use disorders (SUD). The widespread access to TAT makes it a potentially cost-effective and inventive option available for delivery in multiple settings. This study assessed acceptability of the web-based Therapeutic Education System (TES) in hospitalized dual diagnosis patients with SUDs and other psychiatric disorders. Methods: Eligible participants were nonpsychotic, voluntary patients with self-reported drug or alcohol use in the 30 days prior to admission. They were randomly assigned to treatment as usual (TAU, n = 47) or TAU + TES (n = 48). Acceptability of this Internet-based intervention was assessed by observed utilization and self-report. Results: The TAU + TES group (# analyzed = 41) completed a mean total of 5.5 (SEM = 0.8) modules with about one module per day while hospitalized and rated TES highly on several constructs of acceptability, including novelty, usefulness and ease of understanding. Conclusions: These findings support further exploration of TAT for treatment expansion in a high acuity, dual diagnosis population and indicate the value of future research on efficacy. ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02674477.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Dual Diagnosis
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Dual diagnosis
  • acceptability
  • inpatient
  • psychiatric co-morbidity
  • substance use disorder
  • technology
  • therapeutic education system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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