Telemedicine-delivered treatment interventions for substance use disorders — evidence summary

Summary of the evidence

Rating:
Unknown effectiveness

A systematic review without meta-analysis (Lin et al 2019, 13 studies) found no evidence of effect of telemedicine-delivered treatment (psychotherapy or pharmacotherapy) interventions for substance use disorders.

Studies examined suggest this type of intervention is an effective alternative, particularly where face-to-face treatment is less available, but more research is needed on their effectiveness.

Details

Note: this evidence summary is only valid for the outcomes, target groups, settings and substances/patterns of use described below.

Name of response option:
Telemedicine-delivered interventions
Desired outcome(s):
improve treatment outcomes
reduce substance use
Area(s)
Treatment
Specific substance or pattern of use:
alcohol
opioids
tobacco
Target group(s) or setting(s):
communities
dual-diagnosis patients
emergency department
ethnic minority
families
law enforcement
pregnant women
PWID – people who inject drugs
school
women
prison
young people
partygoers/nightlife

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