Parthkumar Dashrathbhai Patel, Upasana Nilesh Bhatt, Samhitha Gummadi, Monika Somu


Presentation: 1:15-2:30 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom



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Objective:A Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a mental illness that affects a person's brain and behavior and makes it difficult for them to regulate their use of drugs, alcohol, or other substances, whether they are legal or illicit. According to a report from the Ohio Department of Health, drug overdoses have surged by 372%. (From 1999 to 2010). Also, Co-occurring (mental health and substance use) diseases affect 8.9 million adults of which only 7.4% are being treated for both ailments and 55.8% of people receive no care at all. To the best of our knowledge, there are few interventions that have been successful in supporting substance use disorder patients. In this proposal, we seek to understand how best to create a crisis network (interventions) for communities seeking to support SUD patients during times of crisis and for patients who seek help for their SUD.Methods:In this course of study, we seek to understand how mHealth (mobile health) applications could support SUD patients during times of crisis. For testing this approach, we would like to create a mHealth application that works as an interface to help SUD patients in times of crisis by involving communities like friends, family members, and volunteer users (of the application) who are in the proximity of the patient. We train the volunteer users (especially communities like friends and family) in the app by creating well-thought training materials on how to give a detox to the patient in the moment of crisis and certify them based on an exam they go through after the training. We also train the SUD patients on how to use the app when they are intoxicated and need help. The patient’s side interface is going to be very simple as they are going to use it during a crisis. Later, we will deploy this app for a period of 4 months, we will do participant interviews during the entire period. In these participant interviews, patients and helpers are going to be interviewed about their experiences with the app, its limitations, and their expectations of it.Significance:The deployment of the mobile app can help us understand the efficacy of mHealth applications during times of crisis. It will also make us aware of any issues that might impede both patients and caregivers. Also, we can realize if these mHealth applications are giving enough help to the patients. This entire study will highlight aspects of SUD care and support during times of crisis that future researchers must pay attention to.

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Project Designation

Course Project 202310 CPS 592 M4

Primary Advisor

Tom Ongwere

Primary Advisor's Department

Computer Science


Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences

Institutional Learning Goals

Community; Scholarship; Vocation

CrisisNetwork for Remote Treatment to the SUD Communities in Dayton