Integration of Technology-Based Behavioral Health Interventions in Substance Abuse and Addiction Services

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The past decade has witnessed revolutionary changes to the delivery of health services, ushered in to a great extent by the introduction of electronic health record systems. More recently, a new class of technological advancements—technology-based behavioral health interventions, which involve the delivery of evidence-informed practices via computers, web-based applications, mobile phones, wearable sensors, or other technological platforms—has emerged and is primed to once again radically shift current models for behavioral healthcare. Despite the promise and potential of these new therapeutic approaches, a greater understanding of the impact of technology-based interventions on cornerstone issues of mental health and addiction services—namely access, quality, and cost—is needed. The current review highlights 1) relevant conceptual frameworks that guide this area of research, 2) key studies that inform the relevance of technology-based interventions for behavioral healthcare access, quality, and cost, 3) pressing methodological issues that require attention, 4) unresolved questions that warrant further investigation, and 5) practical implications that underscore important new directions for this emerging area of research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-480
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 3 2015


  • Addiction services
  • Behavioral health
  • Evidence-based interventions
  • Substance abuse
  • Technology


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