Validity of patients' self-reported drug use as a function of treatment status

Martin F. Sherman, George Bigelow

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Abstract

Recent reviews conclude that there is some evidence that drug abusers' self-reports are reliable and valid. However, there are wide variations among studies depending upon the samples and procedures used to obtain the data. The current study was conducted to extend the findings in this area. An examination of the intake interviews and same day urinalyses on 150 patients enrolling for outpatient opioid detoxification or maintenance revealed a fairly high agreement between drug use self-reports and urinalyses. A second study (N = 70) looking at the validity of self-reported drug use at intake and at 4 weeks follow-up revealed some noticeable changes in validity measures, suggesting that contingencies on positive urine results influence self reported drug use of addicts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

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Urinalysis
Drug Users
Self Report
drug use
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Opioid Analgesics
Outpatients
Maintenance
Urine
Interviews
addiction
contingency
Detoxification
Therapeutics
drug
examination
interview
evidence

Keywords

  • drug use
  • self-report validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Toxicology
  • Health(social science)

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Validity of patients' self-reported drug use as a function of treatment status. / Sherman, Martin F.; Bigelow, George.

In: Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Vol. 30, No. 1, 1992, p. 1-11.

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