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IT interventions to advance treatment for opioid and other addictions

Edited by Nicolas Bertholet and John Cunningham.

Addiction Science & Clinical Practice is pleased to announce an upcoming special series to focus 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 will highlight 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 will have a particular emphasis on screening and interventions targeting opioid use. Use of IT in addressing alcohol or other substance use will also receive attention.

The series will especially welcome trials evaluating digital screening/interventions, but will also encourage articles across all stages of the research process – from development of the tools through to knowledge dissemination activities.

ASCP is an open-access, Medline and PsycINFO-listed journal. It provides a forum for clinically relevant research and perspectives that contribute to improving the quality of care for people with unhealthy alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use and addictive behaviors across a spectrum of clinical settings. It is published by BMC, part of Springer Nature and a leader in the field of open-access publishing.

Funding for the article-processing charge is available thanks to the generosity of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network. This is subject to editorial acceptance and will be offered while funds are available. If you wish to apply for this funding, please contact,  copying prior to submission for more information.

  1. 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

    Content type: Research

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  2. 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

    Content type: Research

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  3. 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

    Content type: Research

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  4. 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

    Content type: Research

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  5. 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

    Content type: Research

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  6. 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

    Content type: Study Protocol

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  7. 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

    Content type: Research

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