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Primary Care Validation of a Single-Question Alcohol Screening Test

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dc.contributor.author Smith, Peter C. en_US
dc.contributor.author Schmidt, Susan M. en_US
dc.contributor.author Allensworth-Davies, Donald en_US
dc.contributor.author Saitz, Richard en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-09T20:58:05Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-09T20:58:05Z
dc.date.issued 2009-2-27 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Smith, Peter C., Susan M. Schmidt, Donald Allensworth-Davies, Richard Saitz. "Primary Care Validation of a Single-Question Alcohol Screening Test" Journal of General Internal Medicine 24(7): 783-788. (2009) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1525-1497 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2144/2928
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND Unhealthy alcohol use is prevalent but under-diagnosed in primary care settings. OBJECTIVE To validate, in primary care, a single-item screening test for unhealthy alcohol use recommended by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). DESIGN Cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS Adult English-speaking patients recruited from primary care waiting rooms. MEASUREMENTS Participants were asked the single screening question, "How many times in the past year have you had X or more drinks in a day?", where X is 5 for men and 4 for women, and a response of >1 is considered positive. Unhealthy alcohol use was defined as the presence of an alcohol use disorder, as determined by a standardized diagnostic interview, or risky consumption, as determined using a validated 30-day calendar method. MAIN RESULTS Of 394 eligible primary care patients, 286 (73%) completed the interview. The single-question screen was 81.8% sensitive (95% confidence interval (CI) 72.5% to 88.5%) and 79.3% specific (95% CI 73.1% to 84.4%) for the detection of unhealthy alcohol use. It was slightly more sensitive (87.9%, 95% CI 72.7% to 95.2%) but was less specific (66.8%, 95% CI 60.8% to 72.3%) for the detection of a current alcohol use disorder. Test characteristics were similar to that of a commonly used three-item screen, and were affected very little by subject demographic characteristics. CONCLUSIONS. The single screening question recommended by the NIAAA accurately identified unhealthy alcohol use in this sample of primary care patients. These findings support the use of this brief screen in primary care. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (R01-AA010870) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Springer-Verlag en_US
dc.rights Copyright Smith et al. 2009 en_US
dc.subject Alcohol screening test en_US
dc.subject Alcoholics en_US
dc.subject Primary care validation en_US
dc.subject NIAAA en_US
dc.title Primary Care Validation of a Single-Question Alcohol Screening Test en_US
dc.type article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11606-009-0928-6 en_US
dc.identifier.pubmedid 19247718 en_US
dc.identifier.pmcid 2695521 en_US


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