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Digital Literacy in Addiction Patients: Factors Influencing the Use of Computers and Laptops

Journal «MEDICINA» 1, 2024, pp.11-36 (Research)


Tetenova E. J.
MD, PhD, Leading Researcher1; Assistant Professor2
ORCID 0000-0002-9390-621X

Nadezhdin A. V.
MD, PhD, Leading Researcher1; Assistant Professor2
ORCID 0000-0003-3368-3170

Kolgashkin A. J.
Senior Researcher1
ORCID 0000-0002-5592-4521

Fyodorov M. V.
Junior Researcher1

Kucherov Yu. N.
PhD, Researcher1

Bulatnikov A. N.
MD, PhD, Leading Researcher1; Assistant Professor2

Ivanova M. Yu.
Addiction Doctor1

Shadrina Yu. A.
Addiction Doctor1

Pakhomov S. R.
MD, Department Head1

Anisimova A. N.
Addiction Doctor1

Kovtun O. N.

Shinina L. V.
Addiction Doctor1

Sokolova E. V.
Addiction Doctor1

Shailina I. M.
Addiction Doctor1

Nikitich Yu. V.
Department Head1

1 - Moscow Research and Practical Centre on Addictions, Moscow, Russian Federation
2 - Russian Medical Academy of Continuous Professional Education, Moscow, Russian Federation

Corresponding Author

Tetenova Elena; e-mail: tej08@inbox.ru

Conflict of interest

Authors have no conflict of interest.


The study had no sponsorship.


Background. Studying the user experience of eventual target groups for digital services is important both for assessing the feasibility of using information and communication technologies in the case and for involving patients in the activities of therapeutic groups and communities in social media. Study aim. To study the influence of socio-demographic characteristics of patients undergoing inpatient treatment in a drug treatment facility on their use of personal computers/laptops. Materials and methods. Cross-sectional study using a specially designed questionnaire of a non-deterministic sample of addiction patients (n = 1168) hospitalized at the Moscow Scientific and Practical Center for Addictions. Statistical analysis was conducted in IBM SPSS 25.0. Study results. Statistically significant differences were noted in the use of personal computers and laptops depending on the age, level of education and economic activity of respondents. Conclusions. Predictors of active use of computers and laptops by patients are: young age; employment; higher education. The results of the study can be used to target addiction clinic patients according to socio-demographic parameters in order to implement telemedicine approaches in the process of their outpatient support.

Key words

addiction clinic, patient, information and communication technologies, socio-demographic characteristics, personal computer, laptop



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