Patients' beliefs towards contingency management: target behaviours, incentives and the remote application of these interventions

Getty, Carol‐Ann ORCID:, Weaver, Tim ORCID:, Lynskey, Michael, Kirby, Kimberly C., Dallery, Jesse and Metrebian, Nicola (2021) Patients' beliefs towards contingency management: target behaviours, incentives and the remote application of these interventions. Drug and Alcohol Review . ISSN 0959-5236 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1111/dar.13314)

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Abstract: Introduction: Contingency management interventions are among the most efficacious psychosocial interventions in promoting abstinence from smoking, alcohol and substance use. The aim of this study was to assess the beliefs and objections towards contingency management among patients in UK‐based drug and alcohol services to help understand barriers to uptake and support the development and implementation of these interventions. Methods: The Service User Survey of Incentives was developed and implemented among patients (N = 181) at three UK‐based drug and alcohol treatment services. Descriptive analyses were conducted to ascertain positive and negative beliefs about contingency management, acceptability of different target behaviours, incentives and delivery mechanisms including delivering incentives remotely using technology devices such as mobile telephones. Results: Overall, 81% of participants were in favour of incentive programs, with more than 70% of respondents agreeing with the majority of positive belief statements. With the exception of two survey items, less than a third of participants agreed with negative belief statements. The proportion of participants indicating a neutral response was higher for negative statements (27%) indicating greater levels of ambiguity towards objections and concerns regarding contingency management. Discussion and Conclusions: Positive beliefs towards contingency management interventions were found, including high levels of acceptability towards a range of target behaviours, incentives and the use of technology devices to remotely monitor behaviour and deliver incentives. These findings have implications for the development and implementation of remote contingency management interventions within the UK drug treatment services.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Original Paper, Original Papers, contingency management, substance use, acceptability, beliefs, survey
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 33315
Notes on copyright: © 2021 The Authors. Drug and Alcohol Review published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs.
This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Date Deposited: 27 May 2021 13:49
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2021 12:40

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