Patient Satisfaction With Videoconferencing-based Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders

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Abstract

Objectives:

The objectives of this study are (1) to compare the satisfaction between patients who have received treatment as usual face-to-face (TAU group) and patients who have received optional videoconferencing-based treatment for alcohol use disorders (TAU+I group); and (2) to elaborate on the TAU+I group’s satisfaction with the treatment in general and the technical equipment.

Methods:

The design consisted of mixed methods: a survey and a qualitative study. Data consisted of self-reported data from questionnaires filled out by both groups and semistructured interviews with the TAU+I group. Data from the questionnaires were analyzed statistically using Stata. The semistructured interviews were analyzed using a general inductive approach.

Results:

The survey indicated that the TAU+I group and TAU group were equally satisfied with the elements in the treatment. The interview indicated that the TAU+I group seemed to have a high satisfaction with most elements in the treatment. Patients who used videoconferencing were satisfied with establishing the videoconferencing connection and with the picture quality but less satisfied with the sound quality.

Conclusions:

Overall, the patients were satisfied with the treatment. We saw a nonsignificant tendency that the TAU+I group were more satisfied with the treatment in general, compared with the TAU group. It is a possibility that patients in this group felt more satisfied with the treatment as they had the opportunity to choose videoconferencing. Offering videoconferencing-based treatment may be a positive feature in the treatment and lead to improved outcomes of the treatment courses. The technical equipment and routine using it should be improved in future studies or during implementation.

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