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Internet-based Brief Interventions for Substance Misuse in Youth and Young Adults: A Review of Clinical Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness and Guidelines

Last updated: June 7, 2018
Project Number: RC0993-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of Internet-based screening, brief intervention for substance misuse in youth and young adults?
  2. What is the cost-effectiveness of Internet-based screening, brief intervention for substance misuse in youth and young adults?
  3. What are guidelines informing the use of Internet-based screening, brief intervention for substance misuse in youth and young adults?

Key Message

No studies on the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness could be identified that had a direct comparison between internet-based brief interventions and face-to-face interventions for adolescent and young adults with substance misuse disorders. One RCT comparing computer or therapist brief intervention with control for adolescents who were misusing cannabis provided insufficient evidence to draw any conclusion. No evidence-based guidelines were identified.