Attitudes toward technology-based health information among adult emergency department patients with drug or alcohol misuse

Esther K. Choo, Megan L. Ranney, Zerlina Wong, Michael J. Mello

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Abstract

Technology-based screening and interventions are emerging solutions to the challenge of addressing substance use in the emergency department (ED). A standardized questionnaire of adult patients at a large-volume, urban, academic ED assessed interest in, and potential barriers to, technology-based substance use information. Questionnaire topics included substance use, access to technology, preferences for health information, and perceived barriers to technology interventions. Among the 430 participants, mean age was 39 years and 55% were female; 37% reported alcohol misuse and 52% drug misuse. Access to technology was high. Technology was preferred by 46% of alcohol misusers (vs. 43% non-misusers, p= 0.65) but only 41.9% of drug misusers (vs. 56% non-drug misusers, p= 0.005). In multivariate analyses, drug misuse was associated with decreased interest in receiving technology-based information. Cited barriers included confidentiality, complexity, and time. Our findings suggest that drug misusers in particular may wish to have reassurances about the confidentiality of technology-based interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-401
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

Keywords

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Computers
  • Drug abuse
  • Drug use disorders
  • Emergency medicine
  • Substance abuse
  • Substance use disorders
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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