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Performance of a Brief Assessment Tool for Identifying Substance Use Disorders

Campbell, Todd C. PhD*†; Hoffmann, Norman G. PhD; Madson, Michael B. MSE*; Melchert, Timothy P. PhD*

Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment: March 2003 - Volume 2 - Issue 1 - p 13-17
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Objectives Evaluation of the performance of a brief assessment tool for identifying substance use disorders. The Triage Assessment for Addictive Disorders (TAAD) is a triage instrument that provides professionals with a tool to evaluate indications of current substance use disorders in accordance with the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria. The TAAD is a 31-item structured interview that addresses both alcohol and other drug issues to discriminate among those with no clear indications of a diagnosis, those with definite, current indications of abuse or dependence, and those with inconclusive diagnostic indications.

Methods Employing a sample of 1325 women between the ages of 18 and 60, reliability estimates and problem profiles produced by the TAAD were evaluated.

Results The Cronbach alpha coefficients for internal consistency for both the alcohol and drug dependence scales were .92. The alpha coefficients for the alcohol and drug abuse scales were .83 and .84 respectively. The diagnostic profiles elicited from the TAAD indicate that alcohol and drug dependences are the more definitive and distinct syndromes compared with the abuse syndromes.

Discussion The diagnostic profiles from this sample are consistent with previous research. The Cronbach alpha coefficients suggest that the TAAD provides an internally consistent index for alcohol and drug dependence and abuse. Implications for use in clinical practice and the need for further research regarding the psychometric properties of the TAAD are discussed.

From *Marquette University, †The Center For Addiction and Behavioral Health Research, and ‡Evince Clinical Assessments and Brown University.

Address reprint requests to: Todd C. Campbell, PhD, Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, P.O. Box 1881, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53201–1881.

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.