The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT): A review of graded severity algorithms and national adaptations

The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research

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Title The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT): A review of graded severity algorithms and national adaptations
 
Creator Babor, Thomas F.; University of Connecticut
Robaina, Katherine; University of Connecticut
 
Subject medicine; psychology; nursing
Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test; screening; AUDIT; alcohol use disorder; review; translations
 
Description Babor, T., & Robaina, K. (2016). The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT): A review of graded severity algorithms and national adaptations. The International Journal Of Alcohol And Drug Research, 5(2), 17-24. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.7895/ijadr.v5i2.222Aims: Since it was first released in 1989, the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) has generated a large amount of research to evaluate its psychometric properties. The purpose of this review is to critically evaluate the literature relevant to applications of the AUDIT in screening, brief intervention, and treatment referral programs, and identify national adaptations of the AUDIT to country-specific health, education, and reimbursement needs.Methods: Methods comprised a search of the world literature published since 2004, combined with review articles published since 1997.Findings: We identified 431 studies of the AUDIT, including 386 articles, 26 review papers, and 11 book chapters since 2004, with a six-fold increase in the last decade. The factor structure of the AUDIT items remains unclear, but the weight of evidence supports a two-factor model. Despite the translation of the AUDIT into numerous languages, the alcohol consumption questions were rarely adapted to suit cultural or national conditions. Although numerous studies have supported the recommended cutoff thresholds for a possible alcohol use disorder, only three studies evaluated the classification accuracy of the AUDIT’s graded severity system.Conclusions: Further development of the AUDIT score’s severity zones is needed to guide intervention selection in clinical settings.
 
Publisher Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol (KBS)
 
Contributor JBS International
SAMHSA/CSAT
 
Date 2016-07-19
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

literature review
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://www.ijadr.org/index.php/ijadr/article/view/222
10.7895/ijadr.v5i2.222
 
Source The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research; Vol 5, No 2 (2016); 17-24
1925-7066
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://www.ijadr.org/index.php/ijadr/article/view/222/393
 
Coverage global
1982-2016
N/A
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2016 The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research

 

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