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Monitoring Drug Use and Medication Adherence Among Mentally Ill Parolees  

Author:  David Farabee.

Source: Volume 04, Number 02, March/April 2004 , pp.17-19(3)

Offender Substance Abuse Report

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To assess the validity of self-report data among mentally ill and drug abusing parolees, the present study compares self-reported antipsychotic medication adherence and substance use with urinalyses and hair assays provided by a sample of mentally ill parolees. Specifically, this study was designed to: Assess illicit drug use and antipsychotic medication adherence among severely mentally ill parolees and to Examine the concordance between self-reported and objective measures. The author finds a gap between self-reported and objective measures, where drug use is underreported and adherence to a medical regimen is over reported when relying on information from inmates.

Keywords: data quality

Affiliations:  1: University of California, Los Angeles.

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