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December, 2014


The e-Network Solution for Mental Health and Addictions Information Management

Wighton, Jan, ElectronicHealthcare, 8(3)

ConnexOntario Health Services Information’s genesis was over 18 years ago. Back then, it was known as the Drug and Alcohol Registry of Treatment (DART). At that time, it was – and remains today – an innovative initiative that acted as an e-network solution for mental health and addiction information management. Using state-of-the-art technology and professional information management standards, DART was designed to offer a form of electronic healthcare by way of resource matching and referral for those who were seeking treatment for substance abuse problems. DART was also designed as a means to help improve the alcohol and drug treatment system in Ontario by providing easily accessible, up-to-date and accurate data about the availability of those services.
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15 March 2010 | No Comments »
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Web-based treatment for rural women with alcohol problems: preliminary findings

Finfgeld-Connett, Deborah, Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 27(6)

Alcohol abuse among women in rural areas is a concern, particularly because treatment is not readily accessible and women are highly susceptible to the ill effects of alcohol misuse. The Internet may offer a treatment delivery alternative for women who cannot easily take part in sex-focused programs that are located in urban centers. The purpose of this randomized study was to evaluate a 90-day Web-based treatment program for women in rural areas of Missouri with problem drinking habits. The online treatment program consisted of reference and decision-making modules, synchronous and asynchronous communication features, and the option to interact privately with the researcher.
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15 November 2009 | No Comments »
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The Effect of Credibility-Related Design Cues on Responses to a Web-Based Message About the Breast Cancer Risks From Alcohol: Randomized Controlled Trial

Harris, Peter R. et al, J Med Internet Res, 11(3)

Internet sites typically contain visual design elements that are unrelated to the quality of the health information presented but that could influence credibility judgments and responses to health advice. To assess the effects of such design elements, or credibility cues, experimentally, we exposed women with different levels of weekly alcohol consumption to a website containing high quality but unpalatable information about a related health risk (breast cancer). The information was presented alongside either positive or negative credibility cues unrelated to information content.
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25 August 2009 | No Comments »
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Using wireless handheld computers and tailored text messaging to reduce negative consequences of drinking alcohol

Weitzel, Jessica Aungst et al, J Stud Alcohol Drugs, 68(4)

The purpose of this trial was to investigate the feasibility and short-term outcomes of a tailored intervention, delivered via text messages to wireless handheld computers, to reduce alcohol-related consequences among college students.
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6 July 2008 | No Comments »
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Rates and determinants of repeated participation in a web-based behavior change program for healthy body weight and healthy lifestyle

Verheijden, Marieke W. et al, J Med Internet Res, 9(1)

In recent years, many tailored lifestyle counseling programs have become available through the Internet. Previous research into such programs has shown selective enrollment of relatively healthy people. However, because of the known dose-response relationship between the intensity and frequency of counseling and the behavior change outcomes, selective retention may also be a concern.
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30 January 2007 | No Comments »
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