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Are Traditional Assessments a Barrier to Routine Screening and Care for Substance Use Disorders?  


Author:  David Farabee.; Walter Ling.; Brian Perrochet.


Source: Volume 17, Number 05, January/February 2016 , pp.76-77(2)




Correctional Mental Health Report

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Abstract: 

Traditional substance abuse assessments require 30 to 120 minutes to administer and are not feasible in most medical settings, particularly among primary care physicians who spend, on average, 18 to 20 minutes per patient. There is a clear need for brief, patient-oriented assessments that will be appropriate for correctional settings and other environments where time is limited and labor costs are high. This article introduces the Treatment Effectiveness Assessment (TEA), a simple alternative that assesses progress in the domains of substance use, health, lifestyle, and community.

Keywords: single-item measure of substance use

Affiliations:  1: UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP); 2: UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP); 3: UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP).

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