NLM Title Abbreviation
Telemed J E Health
Telemedicine journal and e-health
DOI of Published Version
The purpose of this article is to describe the results of a clinical trial in which telephonic case management was evaluated as a supplement to substance abuse treatment. An interactive voice response system (IVR) was developed by the research team for use in the case management of randomly assigned participants in a clinical trial research project. The features of the software program facilitated a double caseload for the case manager as well as real-time data capture. At intake, no significant differences were found between participants in the telecommunication condition and the general project. Thus, the effectiveness of random assignment was supported. An IVR was useful for case management services, was less costly, and showed acceptability to clients. A reduction in time expenditure by using telecommunication occurred within three activity areas. Telecommunication facilitated client interaction and the use of case management, and it reduced provider time expenditure. As an alternative strategy, telecommunication case management can enhance cost effectiveness improvements.
Adult, Case Management/organization & administration, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Female, Humans, Iowa, Male, Patient Compliance/psychology, Professional-Patient Relations, Program Evaluation, Remote Consultation, Software, Substance-Related Disorders/psychology/therapy, Telephone/economics/standards, Therapy, Computer-Assisted/organization & administration, Time Factors, Workload
Journal Article Version
Version of Record
Published Article/Book Citation
Telemedicine journal and e-health, 6:4 (2000) pp.401-407. DOI:10.1089/15305620050503870.
Copyright © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., 2000. Posted by permission.