e-INEBRIA special interest group roadmap to best practices for practice and research on brief digital interventions for problematic alcohol and illicit drug use

Michael Patrick Schaub, Anne H Berman, Hugo López Pelayo, Nikolaos Boumparis, Zarnie Khadjesari, Matthijs Blankers, Antoni Gual, Heleen Riper, Leo Pas

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Background: There is huge potential for scaling up the delivery of brief interventions for alcohol and illicit drug use, given the increasing coverage and technologies of e-digital interventions, including applications for smartphones and tablets. However, while the quantity of digital interventions is increasing rapidly, the involvement of brief-intervention researchers and the development of good practices has just begun. Roadmap: In 2018, the Special Interest Group on digital interventions from the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol & Other Drugs (e-INEBRIA SIG) initiated a conversation on possible avenues of future research, which subsequently turned into a roadmap for digital interventions during further discussions. This roadmap consists of points considered relevant for future research, ongoing technological developments, and their implementation across a continuum of prevention and care. Moreover, it outlines starting points for the diversification of brief digital interventions, as well as next steps for quality improvement and implementation in public health and clinical practice. Conclusions: The roadmap of the e-INEBRIA SIG on digital interventions is a starting point that indicates relevant next steps and provides orientation for researchers and interested practitioners in the ambiguous literature and complexity of current digital interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere20368
JournalJournal of Medical Internet Research
Issue number8
Early online date25 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2020

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