Assessment of function and clinical utility of alcohol and other drug web sites: An observational, qualitative study

Kay-Lambkin, F, White, A, Baker, A, Kavanagh, DJ, Klein, B, Proudfoot, J, Drennan, J, Connor, J and Young, R (2010). Assessment of function and clinical utility of alcohol and other drug web sites: An observational, qualitative study. In: Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2010. Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2010, Canberra, ACT, Australia, (13-14). 28 November - 1 December 2010. doi:10.1111/j.1465-3362.2010.00261.x


Author Kay-Lambkin, F
White, A
Baker, A
Kavanagh, DJ
Klein, B
Proudfoot, J
Drennan, J
Connor, J
Young, R
Title of paper Assessment of function and clinical utility of alcohol and other drug web sites: An observational, qualitative study
Conference name Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2010
Conference location Canberra, ACT, Australia
Conference dates 28 November - 1 December 2010
Proceedings title Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2010   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Drug and Alcohol Review   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Publication Year 2010
Year available 2010
Sub-type Published abstract
DOI 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2010.00261.x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
ISSN 0959-5236
1465-3362
Volume 29
Issue Supp. 1
Start page 13
End page 14
Total pages 2
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Background: The increasing popularity and use of the internet makes it an attractive option for providing health information and treatment, including alcohol/other drug use. There is limited research examining how people identify and access information about alcohol or other drug (AOD) use online, or how they assess the usefulness of the information presented.

Aims:
This paper examines the strategies that individuals used to identify and navigate a range of AOD websites, along with the attitudes concerning presentation and content.

Methods: Members of the general community in Brisbane and Roma (Queensland, Australia) were invited to participate in a 30-minute search of the internet for sites related to AOD use, followed by a focus group discussion. Fifty one subjects participated in the study across nine focus groups.

Results and Key Findings: Participants spent a maximum of 6.5 minutes on any one website, and less if the user was under 25 years of age. Time spent was as little as 2 minutes if the website was not the fi rst accessed. Participants recommended that AODrelated websites should have an engaging home or index page, which quickly and accurately portrayed the site’s objectives, and provided clear site navigation options. Website content should clearly match the title and description of the site that is used by internet search engines. Participants supported the development of a portal for AOD websites, suggesting that it would greatly facilitate access and navigation.

Treatment programs delivered online were initially viewed with caution. This appeared to be due to limited understanding of what constituted online treatment, including its potential efficacy.
Implications for future practice are discussed.
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Additional Notes Special Issue: Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2010

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