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NCJ Number: 202342 Find in a Library
Title: Prototype Screening Instrument for Cannabis Use Disorder: The Cannabis Use Disorder Identification Test (CUDIT) in an Alcohol-Dependent Clinical Sample
Journal: Drug and Alcohol Review  Volume:22  Issue:3  Dated:September 2003  Pages:309-315
Author(s): Simon J. Adamson; J. Douglas Sellman
Date Published: September 2003
Page Count: 7
Type: Measurement/Evaluation Device
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article describes the use of a prototype screening instrument for the identification of current cannabis use disorder.
Abstract: Based on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), the Cannabis Use Disorders Identification Test (CUDIT) was used for the first time on a sample of 115 clients with a primary diagnosis of mild to moderate alcohol dependence in Australia. This population was chosen to test the prototype because those with alcohol dependence may be at an increased risk for cannabis use disorder. Cannabis use disorder is described as either cannabis abuse or cannabis dependence. Of the total 115 participants who completed the CUDIT, the accuracy of the CUDIT to screen for cannabis abuse or dependence was examined in the 53 participants who reported some cannabis use over the preceding 6 months. Results of SPSS analysis revealed that the CUDIT achieved a positive predictive power of 84.6 percent and a sensitivity of 73.3 percent at identifying cannabis use disorder. The results indicate the viability of the CUDIT for identifying cannabis use disorder in at-risk populations. Future research should test the CUDIT prototype for accuracy in the general population. Tables, references, appendix
Main Term(s): Instrument validation; Marijuana
Index Term(s): Australia; Drug abuse in foreign countries; Testing and measurement
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