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Summarizing current news and empirical literature related to digital health technologies
Eye on Innovation

Summarizing current news and empirical literature related to digital health technologies

The field of behavioral health and technology moves at a rapid pace. CTBH follows news and empirical publications and compiles references to and synopses of pieces describing cutting edge applications of technology in behavioral health.
Eye on Innovation

A randomized trial of computer-delivered brief intervention and low-intensity contingency management for smoking during pregnancy

Ondersma, S.J., Svikis, D.S., Lam, P.K., Connors-Burge, V.S., Ledgerwood, D.M., Hopper, J.A.  (2012). Nicotine & Tobacco Research.  14(3):  351-360.

A computer-delivered 5As-based (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, Arrange) brief intervention increased abstinence during pregnancy, while low-intensity contingency management did not affect smoking.  Findings of this pilot indicate that further fully powered trials of this approach may be merited.


Clinician-assisted computerized versus therapist-delivered treatment for depressive and addictive disorders: a randomized controlled trial.

Kay-Lambkin, F.J., Baker, A.L., Kelly, B., Lewin, T.J.  (2011). Medical Journal of Australia.  195(3):  S44-50.

Clinician-assisted computerized CBT-MI therapy was associated with greater reduction in alcohol use relative to therapist-delivered treatment and required less than half the time per session relative to a therapist-delivered treatment.


Computer-assisted delivery of cognitive behavioral therapy for addiction: A randomized trial of CBT4CBT.

Carroll, K.M., Ball, S.A., Martino, S. Nich, C., Gordon, M.A., Portnoy, G.A. & Rounsaville, B.J.  (2008). Computer-assisted delivery of cognitive behavioral therapy for addiction:  A randomized trial of CBT4CBT.  The American Journal of Psychiatry. 165(7):  881-888.  

This study offers compelling evidence for the efficacy of computer-assisted training for promoting substance abstinence, as measured by urine toxicology screens.  Results indicate that CBT4CBT is an effective adjunct to standard outpatient treatment for substance dependence.


Health behavior models in the age of mobile interventions: are our theories up to the task?

Article Excerpt: Mobile technologies are being used to deliver health behavior interventions. The study aims to determine how health behavior theories are applied to mobile interventions. This is a review of the theoretical basis and interactivity of mobile health behavior interventions.

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Article Source: National Institutes of Health Public Public Access