A randomized trial of Web-based videoconferencing for substance abuse counseling

Van L. King, Robert K. Brooner, Jessica M. Peirce, Ken Kolodner, Michael S. Kidorf

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Web-based videoconferencing can improve access to substance abuse treatment by allowing patients to receive counseling services in their homes. This randomized clinical trial evaluates the feasibility and acceptability of Web-based videoconferencing in community opioid treatment program (OTP) participants. Participants that reported computer and Internet access (n= 85) were randomly assigned to receive 12. weeks of weekly individual counseling in-person or via eGetgoing, a Web-based videoconferencing platform. Fifty-nine of these participants completed the study (eGetgoing. = 24; in-person. = 35), with most study withdrawal occurring among eGetgoing participants. Participants exposed to the study conditions had similar rates of counseling attendance and drug-positive urinalysis results, and reported similar and strong ratings of treatment satisfaction and therapeutic alliance. These results support the feasibility and acceptability of Web-based counseling as a good method to extend access to individual substance abuse counseling when compared to in-person counseling for patients that are able to maintain a computer and Internet connection for reliable communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-42
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Methadone maintenance
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Therapeutic alliance
  • Treatment satisfaction
  • Web-based videoconferencing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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