Age and gender considerations for technology-assisted delivery of therapy for substance use disorder treatment: A patient survey of access to electronic devices

Denis Antoine, Sean Heffernan, Amina Chaudhry, Van L King, Eric C. Strain

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Abstract

Background: Technology-assisted treatment (TAT) can be an effective supplement to established face-to-face therapy modalities with a growing literature in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. TAT access, interest, and familiarity are potential limitations to the use and efficacy of these approaches to treatment. Methods: One hundred seventy-four participants in outpatient SUD treatment were administered a survey regarding technology device and Internet access, and interest in engaging in TAT SUD counseling (SUDC). The group was dichotomized by mean age and gender to examine potential variations in these subgroups. Results: Forty-three percent of participants were female, and the mean age was 44.8 years, and 89% of participants had Internet access. 83% of participants were interested in TAT for SUDC; 81% expected it to be at least "moderately helpful." 34% of participants noted they would choose to continue face-to-face therapy exclusively. 91% of participants had cell phones, but only 50% could access data or the Internet through their handheld device. 80% of participants stated they would be interested in trying SUDC by their phone. Women had a higher preference for computer-based SUDC than men, with gender being significantly correlated with TAT perceive helpfulness. Conclusions: These findings suggest that patients in outpatient SUD treatment have access to resources for TAT implementation, although access was not always readily available. Future research will be needed to determine whether the technology that this population possesses will be able to support the evolving TAT modalities and whether interest in TAT across age and gender groups equalizes over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-156
Number of pages8
JournalAddictive Disorders and their Treatment
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Electronic devices
  • Substance use disorder treatment
  • Technology-assisted treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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