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Agyapong, Vincent and Milnes, Jennie and McLoughlin, Declan M and Farren, Conor Kevin (2013) Perception of patients with alcohol use disorder and comorbid depression about the usefulness of supportive text messages. Technology and Health Care , 21 , (1) , pp. 31-39.


Background:
Very little is known about the perception of patients with alcohol use disorder (AUD) and comorbid depression about the usefulness of supportive text messages. 

Objective:
To examine the perception of patients with AUD and comorbid depression about the usefulness of supportive text messages.
 
Methods:
Participants (n=26) with a DSM IV diagnosis of AUD and depression and completing an in-patient dual diagnosis treatment programme had twice daily supportive text messages delivered to their mobile phones for three months as part of a randomised trial. Participants were contacted at the end of the third month to obtain their views regarding the usefulness of the supportive text messages using a semi-structured questionnaire.
 
Results:
Overall, 24 out of 26 patients were contactable for feedback (92% response rate). Eighteen (75%) patients reported that the text messages always or often reminded them to remain abstinent from alcohol. Again, 20 (83%) patients reported that the intervention had played a useful role in helping to improve their mental health, in particular, in serving as a motivation for recovery and in preventing relapse.
 
Conclusions:
Patients with AUD and depression perceive that supportive text messages help them to remain abstinent from alcohol and also improve upon their mental wellbeing.
Item Type:Article
Date:2013
Page Range:pp. 31-39
Publisher:IOS Press
Volume:21
Number:1
EndNote:View
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:G Health and disease > State of health > Mental health
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Care by type of problem > Mental health care
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
B Substances > Alcohol
G Health and disease > Substance related disorder > Substance related mental disorder
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education
N Communication, information and education > Information technology
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use > Alcohol dependence
N Communication, information and education > Information use and impact

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