The latest Friends of NIAAA webinar, archived and titled “Telehealth and eHealth for Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond,” highlighted how telehealth and eHealth have been implemented in the treatment of alcohol use disorder in the past and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers discussed the challenges that have emerged for patients, providers, and payers as these telehealth/eHealth interventions continue to reshape traditional behavioral health services.
NIAAA Director George Koob, MD, opened with an overview of the institute’s interest in telehealth research. Speakers, all NIAAA grantees, included Haiden Huskamp, PhD, a health economist and health services researcher from Harvard Medical School; Stacy Sterling, DrPH, a research scientist from Kaiser Permanente Northern California; Douglas Novins, MD, a psychiatrist from the University of Colorado; and William Campbell, PhD, a clinical psychologist and research scientist at Checkup & Choices in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bob Huebner, PhD, chair of the Friends of NIAAA, moderated the panel.
APA is active in the Friends of NIAAA coalition, which advocates on Capitol Hill for funding for basic and applied research related to the prevention and treatment of alcohol-related disorders. The webinar was also co-hosted by the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus.
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