Practices that show potential to achieve desirable public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting and produce early results that are consistent with the objectives of the activities and thus indicate effectiveness.

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

King, V. L., Brooner, R. K., Peirce, J. M., Kolodner, K., Kidorf, M. S

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Healthcare Access and Quality
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Outside U.S.

Mitigation and Prevention

This article details the results of a randomized clinical trial evaluating web-based versus in-person substance use disorder counseling. While participants who completed the study reported similar levels of satisfaction with treatment, and similar rates of attendance and drug-positive urinalysis results, it should be noted that most study withdrawal occurred among participants assigned to the web-based intervention, with 26 participants withdrawing due to problems with computer or internet function. If this program were replicated in other settings, the digital divide could pose a barrier to equitable outcomes. The practice strategy this article is focused on is telemedicine for treatment of substance use disorder.

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People With Substance Use Disorders

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