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Title: Tapping onto the potential of smartphone applications for psycho-education and early intervention in addictions
Authors: Zhang, M.W.B 
Ho, R.C.M 
Keywords: alcohol
alcohol blood level
early intervention
harm reduction
health hazard
high risk population
mass medium
medical ethics
mental disease
mental health
practice guideline
risk reduction
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Zhang, M.W.B, Ho, R.C.M (2016). Tapping onto the potential of smartphone applications for psycho-education and early intervention in addictions. Frontiers in Psychiatry 7 (MAR) : 40. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: E-health, and in particular smartphone-based technology, is increasingly becoming commonplace in healthcare. While psychiatry has tapped onto these innovations for conditions, such as affective disorders, and schizophrenia and psychosis, the usage of these technologies in addiction is limited. Addiction psychiatry could harness the potential of smartphone technologies. Given the increasing incidences of substance-related problems globally, and along with the normalization of the general public's perspectives toward substances, and also in consideration of unwillingness for at-risk individuals in seeking help, the authors hope to illustrate how these issues could potentially be solved using E-health and technological innovations. The objectives of the current perspective article are to illustrate how recent advances in smartphone-based technologies could help in terms of psycho-education, as well as in helping individuals who are at-risk users in seeking help earlier. The authors aim to illustrate how the above are possible, building on existing theory-driven framework that has been extensively reviewed in the previous literature. Limitations with regard to the implementation of such technologies will also be discussed. © 2016 Zhang and Ho.
Source Title: Frontiers in Psychiatry
ISSN: 16640640
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00040
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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