The COVID-19 pandemic and its related policies, such as social distancing orders, affected the ability for people with substance use disorders (SUD) to seek prevention and treatment. In this commentary, we introduce conversational agents, a type of social technology. We discuss the role of conversational agents in the prevention and treatment of SUD in social distancing contexts and the potential benefits and limitations of designing and implementing such technology in the prevention and care for patients with SUD.
Associated JCOIN Study Title: Community Network-Driven COVID-19 Testing in Vulnerable Populations (044)
Publication Year: 2021
Lead Author: Zhaoyuan Su
Journal: Substance Use and Misuse