Screening and Assessment for Substance Abuse


In this chapter, our goal is to discuss the screening tools that currently exist for identifying substance abuse, how they play a role in helping the clinician formulate a diagnosis, as well as their limitations. We will outline key definitions that are important to understand when discussing substance abuse. Ultimately, we hope to increase awareness of the challenges that exist when screening for substance abuse and recognize the need for an efficient, evidence-based algorithm to help guide the clinician.


Substance abuse Screening tools Assessment Questionnaires Urine drug screen 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationUniversity of California, IrvineCosta MesaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anesthesiology and Peri-operative CareUniversity of California, IrvineOrangeUSA

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