Remote delivery of alcohol and/or substance misuse interventions for adults: A systematic review protocol

Jaime Garcia Iglesias, Neil Howlett, Suzanne Bartington, Gavin Breslin, Julia Jones, Katherine Brown, Wendy Wills

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Abstract

Alcohol and substance misuse are a public health priority. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that harmful alcohol use accounts for 5.1% of the global burden of disease and that 35.6 million people worldwide are affected by substance misuse. The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has disrupted delivery of face-to-face alcohol and substance misuse interventions and has forced the development of alternative remote interventions or adaptation to existing ones. Although existing research on remote interventions suggests they might be as effective as face-to-face delivery, there has been a lack of systematic exploration of their content, the experience of service users, and their effectiveness for behavioural outcomes. This review will provide a narrative synthesis of the behaviour change techniques (BCT) contained in interventions for alcohol and/or substance misuse and their association with effectiveness.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPLoS ONE
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2021

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