Telemedicine for Substance Disorders (1 CE)
This course is for: Psychologists, Counselors, and Addiction Counselors
*This course is not approved for social work*
Course By: Kristin Ceppaluni, LMHC, NCC
Content By: Lin L., Casteel D., Shigekawa E., Weyrich M.S., Roby D.H., and McMenamin S.B. (2019) Telemedicine-delivered treatment interventions for substance use disorders: A systematic review. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 101, 38-49.
Course Description: The increased rate of negative effects imputed to substance use disorders (SUDs) warrants exploration pertaining to treatment effectiveness and access to care for individuals in this demographic. Telehealth is a treatment alternative that may afford increased reach and access to care. Telehealth via video conferencing has demonstrated effectiveness for patients with mental health disorders and chronic illness. Nicotine, alcohol, and opioids functioned as the primary exploratory substances in the accompanying review. Telemedical treatment was an effective alternative when access to care was limited, this treatment-type was also associated with high patient satisfaction rates.
- Review telemedical concepts for SUD treatment
- Consider and evaluate the delivery process of telemedicine, and telehealth related treatment interventions, for patients with SUDs
- Evaluate the summarized findings and methodological problems discovered by the researchers who conducted the accompanying study
- Read and understand Telemedicine-delivered treatment interventions for substance use disorders: A systematic review
- Review the Course Description and Learning Objectives
- Consider the benefits and challenges of delivering SUD treatment interventions via telemedicine
- Complete the post-test questions; keep in mind that answer selections should be derived from the referenced article
- Return to the article for any missed questions and/or to better understand the role of telemedicine in the treatment of SUDs