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Subproject 2: Diagnosis of substance use among refugees

Contents and aims of the study

The overarching goal is to provide a substance use assessment tool that is culturally, contextually, and linguistically appropriate for the refugee target population. The project includes the following sub-steps: 

  1. Compilation of an overview of existing instruments for the assessment of substance use with their psychometric characteristics;
  2. Identification of an instrument that is considered valid by experts and refugees;
  3. Adaptation of the identified instrument for use in refugees; 
  4. Validate the instrument for the target group of refugees from Syria; 
  5. Provide strategies to adapt data collection instruments for additional groups of refugees in a culturally sensitive manner.
  6. The project is divided into several phases. The phases refer to the planning of the focus groups, the systematic review, the implementation, the analysis and finally the presentation of the results.

The first sub-step has already been accomplished. An overview of existing survey instruments for the assessment of substance use with their psychometric characteristics can be viewed at the following links:

Addiction Severity Index (ASI)

Alcohol use disorder and associated disabilities interview schedule-Version 5 (AUDADIS-IV)

Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)

Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test- Alcohol consumption questions (AUDIT-C)

Alcohol, smoking and substance involvement screening test (ASSIST)

Benzodiazepine Dependence Questionnaire (BDEOQ)

Cut, Annoyed, Guilty, Eye-Opener (CAGE)

Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-10) 

Drug Use Disorders Identification Test (DUDIT)

Fast Alcohol Screening Test (FAST)

Modified Michigan Alcohol-Drug Screening Test (MMADST)