Telemedicine-delivered treatment interventions for substance use disorders

Summary of the evidence

  • 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.