Technology preferences to enhance HIV and HCV care among patients with substance use disorders

Babak Tofighi, Paul Hein, Alexandre M.S. Carvalho, Joshua D. Lee, Noelle R. Leonard

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We examined technology use patterns (e.g., mobile phone and computer ownership, text messaging, internet access) and preferences for adopting health information technologies to optimize office-based treatment for substance use disorders, HIV, and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Surveys were administered to patients enrolled in inpatient detoxification program in a publicly-funded tertiary referral center. Most reported mobile phone ownership (86%) and described high rates of mobile phone (3.3) and phone number (2.6) turnover in the preceding year. Internet access was reported on a daily (52%) or weekly basis (22%). Most participants were amenable to receiving text message-based informational content (i.e., medications, support groups, treatment programs) pertaining to substance use disorders (79%), HIV (50%), and HCV care (58%). Respondents reporting less than high school education and past year incarcerated elicited higher favorability in adopting smartphone apps to facilitate peer sharing of HIV-HCV related content. Results suggest high favorability for adopting health information technologies to enhance office-based treatment for substance use disorders, HIV, and HCV, particularly among vulnerable patient sub-groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-159
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Addictive Diseases
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2018



  • HIV
  • Hepatitis C
  • Opioid use disorder
  • mobile health
  • technology based intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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