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Satisfaction With Long-distance Motivational Interviewing for Problem Drinking

Baca, Catherine Theresa MD; Manuel, Jennifer Knapp MS

Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment: March 2007 - Volume 6 - Issue 1 - p 39-41
doi: 10.1097/01.adt.0000210708.57327.28
Original Articles

Objectives To examine the relationship between participant preference and satisfaction with live interactive video, telephone, or face-to-face motivational interviewing sessions with problem drinkers.

Methods Participants completed a satisfaction questionnaire after each motivational interviewing counseling session utilizing an abbreviated Likert scale. The participants were asked what mode they would have preferred, their satisfaction with their counselor, and their satisfaction with overall counseling.

Results When asked to choose a long-distance mode of communication, televideo was preferred more than 2:1 over telephone. Also those with televideo experience were significantly more likely to choose televideo as a preferred long-distance mode of choice.

Conclusions Findings support the acceptability of 2 forms of long-distance communication, telephone and televideo, which might reasonably be studied in the future in rural areas (with some preference for televideo) to reduce heavy drinking and alcohol-related problems.

Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions (CASAA), 2650 Yale SE, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Reprints: Catherine T. Baca, MD, Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions (CASAA), 2650 Yale SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87106 (e-mail:

The University of New Mexico Southwest Alcohol Research Group Grant ♯ UO1AA14926 Grant ♯ K23 AA014267-01, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.