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Revista de Psiquiatria do Rio Grande do Sul
versão impressa ISSN 0101-8108
KESSLER, Felix et al. Multidimensional evaluation of drug users and the Addiction Severity Index. Rev. psiquiatr. Rio Gd. Sul [online]. 2010, vol.32, n.2, pp.48-56. ISSN 0101-8108. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-81082010000200005.
INTRODUCTION: Before initiating any treatment for substance abuse, the assessment of problems related to the consumption of those substances is of paramount importance. Considering the complexity of this evaluation, the instrument most widely used in the present days for a multidimensional approach to these patients is the Addiction Severity Index (ASI). OBJECTIVE: The present study presents a literature review, a clinical case vignette, comments on different aspects of the scale, and the discussion of topics covered in the evaluation process, and aims at providing support to health professionals in the sense of systematizing the assessment of these patients. METHOD: The literature review was conducted on MEDLINE, LILACS, and PsycINFO databases, using the keywords assessment and evaluation together with substance-related disorders and other terms presented as synonyms in the Medical Subject Headings. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: There is a paucity of articles in the literature focusing on the topic, and no other instruments designed to provide a general overview of substance users (as is the case with the ASI) are available in Brazil. The use of a scale with these characteristics may be useful for the Brazilian public health system, allowing for the early identification of problems and promoting an improvement in the quality of treatment provided to these patients.
Palavras-chave : Diagnosis of health situation; alcoholism; substance-related disorders.