Telehealth in substance abuse and addiction: review of the literature on smoking, alcohol, drug abuse and gambling

Ohinmaa A, Chatterley P, Nguyen T, Jacobs P
Record ID 32010001722
Authors' recomendations: The results of this review indicate that the Internet, computer, and telephone applications in alcohol and smoking addictions are at least as effective as conventional services, especially when we review more recently published applications that utilize personalized, interactive modular settings. There was some evidence from telehealth in the area of illicit drugs applications, but the number of studies was still relatively small (eight studies). There is a need for further studies which use telehealth for gambling addiction. Although telehealth applications are expected to be less expensive than individual face-to-face therapies, there is no good quality literature in the cost-effectiveness of telehealth applications in the studied addictions.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2010
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Humans
  • Videoconferencing
  • Telemedicine
  • Behavior, Addictive
  • Ethanol
  • Gambling
  • Smoking
  • Substance-Related Disorders
Organisation Name: Institute of Health Economics
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