The CRAFFT is a (updated version of a) behavioral health screening tool for use with children ages and is recommended by the American Academy of . The CRAFFT Screening Interview. The CRAFFT is a behavioral health screening tool for use with children under the age of 21 and is recommended by the. CRAFFT is a screening tool for adolescent substance use that has been validated in outpatient general medical settings. This is the first study to examine its use.

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Our website uses cookies to enhance your experience. In our own metropolitan area, adolescents needing substance abuse treatment are most often referred to adult programs because so few adolescent-only programs exist. Approximately one half of participants had used alcohol or other drugs during screenning past year, and more than one fourth had experienced alcohol- or drug-related problems.

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Participants were consecutively recruited in approximately half of the 12 clinic sessions conducted each week. The sensitivity and specificity found in this study for the dependence category were close to those reported in the previous pilot study 0.

This is the first study to examine its use in adolescent psychiatric inpatients. One study reported that adolescent medical patients were frequently dishonest when answering providers’ questions about substance use because parents were present. History Philosophy Portal Psychologist. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

By contrast, healthier and less-affected patients may have been more likely to agree to participate in the study, too, in self-selection bias and lower than actual estimates of prevalence. Although important, this risk is not necessarily related to having an alcohol- or drug-related disorder. The provider completed the recruitment form, which included demographic information, the provider’s impression of the patient’s level of alcohol and other drug sceeening, and the patient’s response to the invitation to participate.

Winters, PhD, for consultation on the study measurement battery; and S. CRAFFT scores were also positively correlated with a history of psychiatric trauma and past suicide attempts, which is consistent with the results of previous studies associating pediatric substance use and traumatic life events with an increased risk of suicide. Also unknown is the likely outcome of universal screening, ie, what proportion of adolescent patients have alcohol- and drug-related disorders.


We plotted receiver operating characteristic curves to determine the optimal cut point for the CRAFFT test ie, total score with the highest product of sensitivity and specificity for identifying 3 screening categories: Of the 43 drug abuse diagnoses, 36 were related to cannabis, 5 to stimulants including caffeine pills, methylphenidate hydrochloride, and amphetaminesand 2 to both cannabis and stimulants. Early Intervention for Adolescents.

However, we cannot assess to what degree they followed this instruction; provider selection bias, resulting in higher than actual prevalence estimates for disorders, vrafft a possibility. We compared the dual-entry files to identify discrepancies and reconciled them by checking the original data source. Tlol administered brief screens are usually targeted at substance abuse alone and can be administered by the physician as part of the general health interview or while performing the physical examination.

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Validity of the CRAFFT Substance Abuse Screening Test Among Adolescent Clinic Patients

First, the CRAFFT is the only screening test that includes an item on drinking and driving or riding with an intoxicated driver. Participants with both abuse and dependence diagnoses eg, cannabis abuse and alcohol dependence were classified as having dependence.

Therefore, its discriminant properties can help clinicians estimate not only the presence but also the magnitude of risk of substance-related problems. Adolescent alcohol and drug use and crsfft. Reliability and validity of pastmonth use frequency items as opening questions for the sccreening CRAFFT adolescent substance use screening system.

Subst Abus 37 ed. This page was last edited on 3 Octoberat Journal of studies on alcohol. Geneva, Switzerland World Health Organization. These findings have serious implications for screennig health care.

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We excluded a total of 41 patients 5. We excluded patients who were unable to read and understand English and those who were deemed by the provider to have acute medical or psychiatric problems that precluded participation in research.

Corresponding author and reprints: A clinic provider can be reasonably reassured when CRAFFT is negative but should assess his or her patient further when the test is positive. Drug use is highly prevalent among adolescents, 2 and most providers would likely prefer a single test that can screen for all psychoactive substances simultaneously.

Studies proposing new intervention strategies for those who screen positive are urgently needed. Each ADI was scored twice, first by a research assistant using the standard written instructions and then by computer using an SPSS syntax algorithm developed by the instrument’s author. We compared CRAFFT scores with other measures of substance use, including urine drug screens and the diagnosis of a substance use disorder at discharge.

Get free access to newly published articles. The extent to which some participants may have underreported and others overreported their use of substances is unknown.

CRAFFT as a Substance Use Screening Instrument for Adolescent Psychiatry Admissions.

We have found that laminated pocket cards listing the 6 CRAFFT questions are helpful for administering the screen in actual office practice. However, barriers to screening for other preventable health risks include a belief that the prevalence of the problem is low craftf the physician’s own patient population, inadequate training, lack of time or personnel to perform the screening, and perceived lack of scrsening treatments.

The sensitivity and specificity 0. This study was conducted in a single urban hospital-based adolescent clinic. Get free access to newly published articles Create a personal account or sign in to:

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