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Am J Addict. 2003 May-Jun;12(3):192-7.

Assessment and diagnosis of nicotine dependence in mental health settings.

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  • 1The Clinical Health Psychology Service, Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Tex., USA. alan.peterson@lackland.af.mil

Abstract

This study evaluated the frequency of documented assessment of smoking status and the diagnosis of nicotine dependence in a random sample of 153 mental health records and 152 medical records. The results indicated that tobacco use was routinely documented in the mental health records (88%) and medical records (87%). However, a diagnosis of nicotine dependence was given in only 2% of the mental health records (1/49) and 7% of the medical records (2/30) for those patients with documented regular tobacco use. These results suggest that clinicians do not routinely diagnose Nicotine Dependence even when diagnostic criteria are met.

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