Telemedicine-based alcohol services for rural offenders

Michele Staton-Tindall, Elizabeth Wahler, J. Matthew Webster, Theodore Godlaski, Rebecca Freeman, Carl Leukefeld

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Research has consistently shown that alcohol use is a problem in rural communities and access to substance abuse treatment, particularly evidence-based treatment is limited. Because telemedicine has been shown to be effective in delivering services, this article presents a novel and innovative way of using telemedicine technology in the form of videoconferencing to deliver an evidence-based alcohol intervention (motivational enhancement therapy) with at-risk alcohol users in real-world settings (rural probation and parole offices). This article focuses on: (a) creating a profile of an at-risk group of rural alcohol users; (b) describing the evidence-based intervention; and (c) describing the innovative telemedicine-based service delivery approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-309
Number of pages12
JournalPsychological Services
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2012


  • Alcohol use
  • Real-World setting
  • Rural offenders
  • Treatment need
  • Videoconferencing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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