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Author Didier, Ryne ♦ Galloway, Gantt P. ♦ Mendelson, John ♦ Garrison, Kathleen
Source Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Content type Text
Publisher SAGE Publishing
File Format HTM / HTML
Date Created 2009-07-02
Copyright Year ©2008
Language English
Subject Domain (in LCC) RA1-1270
Subject Keyword Public aspects of medicine ♦ Medicine
Abstract Background: Predictors of relapse to methamphetamine use are poorly understood. State variables may play an important role in relapse, but they have been difficult to measure at frequent intervals in outpatients.Methods: We conducted a feasibility study of the use of cellular telephones to collect state variable data from outpatients. Six subjects in treatment for methamphetamine dependence were called three times per weekday for approximately seven weeks. Seven questionnaires were administered that assessed craving, stress, affect and current type of location and social environment.Results: 395/606 (65%) of calls attempted were completed. The mean time to complete each call was 4.9 (s.d. 1.8) minutes and the mean time to complete each item was 8.4 (s.d. 4.8) seconds. Subjects rated the acceptability of the procedures as good. All six cellular phones and battery chargers were returned undamaged.Conclusion: Cellular telephones are a feasible method for collecting state data from methamphetamine dependent outpatients.
ISSN 11782218
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2008-01-01
e-ISSN 11782218
Journal Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment
Volume Number 1
Page Count 6
Starting Page 9
Ending Page 14

Source: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)