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Computerized CBT safe, effective and popular among substance abusers

10 Jul 2018
Substance abuse among the elderly is dangerous and require special attention to address the underlying problems.

Treatment with a computer-based cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT4CBT) as a virtual standalone intervention in a clinical setting to a diverse sample of patients with current substance use disorders is safe, effective and durable compared to standard treatment strategies, according to a recent study. In addition, CBT4CBT is well-liked by the participants.

On the other hand, although clinician-delivered individual CBT is effective within the treatment period, it is unexpectedly associated with a higher dropout rate and lower effects at follow-up.

The authors examined the efficacy and safety of CBT4CBT as a virtual standalone treatment, delivered with minimal clinical monitoring, and clinician-delivered CBT compared with treatment as usual in a heterogeneous sample of treatment-seeking outpatients with substance use disorders.

A total of 137 individuals who met DSM-IV-TR criteria for current substance abuse or dependence were randomized to receive treatment as usual, weekly individual CBT or CBT4CBT with brief weekly monitoring.

Groups varied in terms of treatment exposure rates, with patients in the CBT4CBT group achieving the best retention and those in the individual CBT group the poorest.

Frequency of substance use was significantly more reduced among patients who received CBT or CBT4CBT than those who received treatment as usual. At 6-month follow-up, the continuing benefit of CBT4CBT (plus monitoring) persisted over treatment as usual, but not for clinician-delivered CBT over treatment as usual.

In analysis of secondary outcomes, patients in the CBT4CBT group had the best learning of cognitive and behavioural concepts, as well as the highest satisfaction with treatment.

“Previous trials have demonstrated the efficacy and durability of CBT4CBT as an add-on to standard outpatient care in a range of treatment-seeking populations,” the authors noted.

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Prenatal and postpartum vitamin D supplementation does not appear to improve foetal or infant growth, a study reports.
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Excessive daytime sleepiness appears to increase the long-term risk of amyloid β (Aβ) deposition, a recent study has shown.
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The causes, presentations and management of anaphylaxis vary considerably with age, according to a recent Singapore study, which reported that children are more likely to present with food anaphylaxis, while drug anaphylaxis is more common in adults.
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Substituting diets high in carbohydrates with those high in monounsaturated fatty acids in the context of low saturated fatty acids do not appear to yield favourable effects on blood pressure, according to a meta-analysis.