April 2020

During this period of confinement when electronic devices become essential tools, many health care workers provide care using these technologies, which motivates an investment of $ 240M from the federal government. In drug addiction, this care includes psychological interventions aimed at reducing the consumption of drugs such as cannabis. Ovidiu and Gabriel looked at these interventions offered to patients with psychotic disorders in whom the use of marijuana increases symptoms and length of hospital stay in addition to harming recovery. Their systematic review published in Psychiatry Research has shown that research in this area is still in its infancy. However, in non-psychotic individuals, the technology-based psychotherapeutic interventions were effective in reducing cannabis consumption. Their application in psychotic patients would therefore help increase access to care without significantly increasing healthcare costs. To consult the study, click here.