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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 58 (2016) 10, 712 - 716

Short report

Social return on internet interventions for alcohol use disorders

M. Blankers

background One of the main reasons for treating patients using internet interventions is that this modality is considered highly efficient. However, little is known about the actual cost-effectiveness of internet interventions for alcohol use disorders (aud).
aim To provide insight in the cost-effectiveness of internet interventions for the treatment of aud.
method Review of the relevant literature in this area.
results A considerable amount of research has been performed on the effectiveness of internet interventions for aud, with mostly positive findings. However, research on the cost-effectiveness of these interventions has been relatively sparse. Based on the available evidence there are indications that internet interventions for aud can be cost-effective - although findings in the literature are mixed.
conclusion More research is needed to make valid estimates of the cost-effectiveness of internet interventions for aud. Potential savings can only be estimated after the system has been used over a longer period. However, the evidence obtained thus far is promising.

keywords alcohol, cost-effectiveness, internet