National Institute on Drug Abuse – Center for Technology and Behavioral Health Pilot Core
March 2013 – February 2014
Mary Brunette, M.D.
Other Project Staff
Joelle Ferron,PhD; James Sargent, M.D.; Mary Ann Greene, MS; Pamela Geiger, BS
Substance use disorders (SUDs) are common among people with severe mental illnesses (schizophrenia and severe mood disorders, SMI), complicating treatment and worsening outcomes. Multiple new substances are available, but little is known about the prevalence of their use in this vulnerable population. Our unpublished pilot data suggest that use of such new substances may be common in people with SMI and may impede treatment efforts.
We propose to develop a prototype of an Audio Computer-Assisted Self Interview survey that will be usable and comprehensible by people with SMI, who are often unable to use standard computer programs due to cognitive impairments and low computer skills. The interview tool we develop will enable future survey work to obtain key information about new and emerging substance use among people with SMI.