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Treatment Provider Perceptions and Utilization of a PC-based Brief Motivational Intervention for Problem Drinkers: Implications for Dissemination

Squires, Daniel D. PhD, MPH*; Hester, Reid K. PhD

Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment: September 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 3 - p 119-127
doi: 10.1097/ADT.0b013e3181848af3
Original Articles

The use of personal computers and software programs as clinical aids for intervening with various health issues is increasing. This project evaluated the perceived attributes, utilization, and adoption of an automated computer-based software program for problem drinkers by 22 treatment providers across 10 predominantly state-funded, outpatient addiction treatment agencies in New Mexico. Results demonstrated that treatment provider ratings, utilization, and adoption of the program were modest, despite initial enthusiasm on the part of agency directors regarding the program. Implications regarding dissemination efforts, in general, are discussed.

*Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Providence, RI

Research Division, Behavior Therapy Associates, Albuquerque, NM

Supported by a National Research Service Award Fellowship Grant 1 F31 AA14056-01 to Dr Squires from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and by Small Business Innovative Research Grant 3 R44 AA11703 to Dr Hester from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Reprints: Dr Daniel D. Squires, PhD, MPH, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Brown University, Box G-S121, Providence, RI 02912 (e-mail:

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.