The DrugCheck Problem List: A new screen for substance use disorders in people with psychosis

Kavanagh, David J., Trembath, Mark, Shockley, Natalie, Connolly, Jennifer, White, Angela, Isailovic, Alex, Young, Ross McD., Saunders, John B., Byrne, Gerard J. and Connor, Jason (2011) The DrugCheck Problem List: A new screen for substance use disorders in people with psychosis. Addictive Behaviors, 36 9: 927-932. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.05.004

Author Kavanagh, David J.
Trembath, Mark
Shockley, Natalie
Connolly, Jennifer
White, Angela
Isailovic, Alex
Young, Ross McD.
Saunders, John B.
Byrne, Gerard J.
Connor, Jason
Title The DrugCheck Problem List: A new screen for substance use disorders in people with psychosis
Journal name Addictive Behaviors   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-4603
Publication date 2011-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.05.004
Volume 36
Issue 9
Start page 927
End page 932
Total pages 6
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Despite considerable recent interest in the issue of comorbid substance use disorders in people with serious mental illness, there remains a need to refine approaches to screening. This paper describes the development and testing of a new screen for substance-related comorbidity, the 12-item DrugCheck Problem List (PL). Exploratory factor analysis with inpatient samples suggested a single-factor structure, although confirmatory factor analysis in a further sample found similar fit from a two-factor model. Sensitivity and specificity in detecting DSM-IV substance use disorders were both high and comparable to performances of the Severity of Dependence Scale and Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (Australian version). The list of problem areas provided by the PL has utility in driving further assessment and treatment planning, and offers suggested foci for motivational interviewing. While further testing is indicated, these data provide strong initial support for its use. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Keyword Comorbidity
Psychotic disorders
Substance-related disorders
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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