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IT interventions to advance treatment for opioid and other addictions

Guest Edited by 
Nicolas Bertholet, MD, MSC, Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland
John Cunningham, PhD, King's College London, UK

Addiction Science & Clinical Practice is pleased to present its special series focusing on digital/information technology (IT) screening and interventions to advance treatment for opioid and other substance use disorders.

Information technology (IT) is increasingly used in health care, with the widespread use of electronic medical records but also through the development of various clinical tools for screening, interventions, and clinical decision aids. In addiction practice, there have been numerous efforts to use IT to advance and disseminate treatment through internet based interventions for unhealthy substance use, electronic screening, clinical coaching and training, and clinical decision aids.

This thematic series highlights in an open-access format articles that address the use of information technology in the prevention and clinical care of people suffering from addiction and in the training and clinical support of health care providers treating addiction. The series has a particular emphasis on screening and interventions targeting opioid use.

All articles underwent the journal's standard peer review process per our editorial policies. The collection's introductory commentary, where the guest editors describe their views on issues in the field of digital health for addiction, was handled by the Editor-in-Chief.

The NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Dissemination Initiative generously covered the article processing charge for twelve articles in this series.

  1. Gaps in electronic health record (EHR) data collection and the paucity of standardized clinical data elements (CDEs) captured from electronic and digital data sources have impeded research efforts aimed at und...

    Authors: Arjun Venkatesh, Caitlin Malicki, Kathryn Hawk, Gail D’Onofrio, Jeremiah Kinsman and Andrew Taylor
    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2020 15:24
  2. Internet-based treatment has emerged as a cost-effective option for reaching people who for different reasons are not reached by traditional treatment. Internet-based treatment for problematic alcohol use, spe...

    Authors: Veronica Ekström and Magnus Johansson
    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2020 15:22
  3. Smartphone applications (apps) designed to assist users to reduce hazardous and harmful alcohol consumption show potential as an inexpensive alternative to traditional brief intervention in primary care. The a...

    Authors: Stephanie Colbert, Louise Thornton and Robyn Richmond
    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2020 15:17
  4. Buprenorphine-naloxone is an evidence-based treatment for Opioid Use Disorder. However, despite its efficacy, nearly half of participants are unsuccessful in achieving stabilization (i.e., period of time follo...

    Authors: Kirsten J. Langdon, Susan Ramsey, Caroline Scherzer, Kate Carey, Megan L. Ranney and Josiah Rich
    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2020 15:16
  5. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a web-based treatment program with therapist guidance for adults and adolescents with regular cannabis use from the general population.

    Authors: Kristina Sinadinovic, Magnus Johansson, Ann-Sofie Johansson, Thomas Lundqvist, Philip Lindner and Ulric Hermansson
    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2020 15:9
  6. There is an urgent need for strategies to address the US epidemic of prescription opioid, heroin and fentanyl-related overdoses, misuse, addiction, and diversion. Evidence-based treatment such as medications f...

    Authors: Gavin B. Bart, Andrew Saxon, David A. Fiellin, Jennifer McNeely, John P. Muench, Christopher W. Shanahan, Kristen Huntley and Robert E. Gore-Langton
    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2020 15:4
  7. Internet interventions have been developed and tested for several psychiatric and somatic conditions. Few people with substance use disorders receive treatment and many drug users say that they would prefer ge...

    Authors: Veronica Ekström and Magnus Johansson
    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2019 14:44
  8. For people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), alcohol consumption is associated with poor treatment outcomes and medication adherence. This pilot study examined the feasibility of using smartphones and mobile Bluet...

    Authors: Carolyn Lauckner, Erica Taylor, Darshti Patel and Alexis Whitmire
    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2019 14:43
  9. The TAPS Tool is a substance use screening and brief assessment instrument that was developed for use in primary care medical settings. It is one of the first screening instruments to provide rapid assessment ...

    Authors: Angéline Adam, Robert P. Schwartz, Li-Tzy Wu, Geetha Subramaniam, Eugene Laska, Gaurav Sharma, Saima Mili and Jennifer McNeely
    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2019 14:39
  10. Tobacco smoking is highest among population groups which are the most socially disadvantaged. Internet-based smoking cessation programs have been found to be effective, though rates of internet access are not ...

    Authors: Sam McCrabb, Laura Twyman, Kerrin Palazzi, Ashleigh Guillaumier, Christine Paul and Billie Bonevski
    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2019 14:38
  11. Chronic pain and heavy drinking commonly co-occur and can influence the course of HIV. There have been no interventions designed to address both of these conditions among people living with HIV (PLWH), and non...

    Authors: Tibor P. Palfai, Jessica L. Taylor, Richard Saitz, Maya P. L. Kratzer, John D. Otis and Judith A. Bernstein
    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2019 14:35
  12. This study protocol describes a proposed randomized controlled trial that builds upon a successful pilot intervention study to address problematic and dangerous drinking among young adult college students stud...

    Authors: Eric R. Pedersen, Elizabeth J. D’Amico, Joseph W. LaBrie, Coreen Farris, David J. Klein and Beth Ann Griffin
    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2019 14:32
  13. North America is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. Although take-home naloxone and other measures have been an effective strategy to reduce overdoses, many events are unwitnessed and mortality remai...

    Authors: Keith Ahamad, Huiru Dong, Cheyenne Johnson, Kanna Hyashi, Kora DeBeck, M. J. Milloy and Evan Wood
    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2019 14:23