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Videoconferencing-Based Versus Telephone-Based Outpatient Alcohol Detoxification : Patients’ and Caregivers’ Perspectives, and the Assessment of Withdrawal Symptoms.

Balci, J. (2020) Videoconferencing-Based Versus Telephone-Based Outpatient Alcohol Detoxification : Patients’ and Caregivers’ Perspectives, and the Assessment of Withdrawal Symptoms.

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Abstract:Objective: The rationale of the study was to gain more insight into patients’ and caregivers’ perspectives on a videoconferencing-based and telephone-based outpatient alcohol detoxification. It was also investigated whether patients’ alcohol withdrawal symptoms, which were assessed through observation by caregivers, could be accurately assessed digitally by caregivers. Method: The study was a descriptive comparative study, based on structured questionnaires and an alcohol withdrawal symptom scale. Eighteen patients with a primary alcohol use disorder took part in the study, either in the videoconferencing-based group (n = 11) or in the telephone-based group (n = 7). Results: Patients and caregivers were satisfied with both types of the outpatient alcohol detoxification. However, patients seemed to have a slight preference for the videoconferencing-based outpatient alcohol detoxification. Patients and caregivers also had a positive perspective on the use of videoconferencing during the outpatient alcohol detoxification. Furthermore, caregivers believe that it is possible for them to assess patients’ alcohol withdrawal symptoms digitally. Conclusion: Because patients and caregivers have a positive perspective on the use of videoconferencing and see its benefits, also for the assessment of patients’ alcohol withdrawal symptoms, it is suggested to let more patients detox from alcohol through a videoconferencing-based outpatient alcohol detoxification.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/83098
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