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National Survey on Drug Use and Health

Summary of Methodological Studies, 1971–2014

CBHSQ Methodology Report


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Structured Abstract


This report provides a comprehensive summary of methodological research conducted on the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Studies have addressed sampling, counting and listing operations, questionnaire design, data collection procedures, editing and imputation procedures, nonresponse, and statistical analysis techniques associated with the survey.


The publications summarized in this report were compiled through an extensive search of archives and databases. The report is organized into chapters based on year of publication from 1975 to 2014. In each chapter, publication summaries are sorted alphabetically by the last name of the first author.


Methodological research has been critical to the NSDUH project, providing information to identify and quantify survey errors, to guide redesign efforts, and to develop more efficient survey processes.


This research is of great value to users of NSDUH data who need to understand the impact of method effects on their own studies. The NSDUH body of methodological research also will be useful to those responsible for managing large-scale surveys or designing new surveys, particularly if they will collect substance use data.


This report was prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under Contract No. HHSS283201000003C with SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


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Suggested Citation

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of Methodological Studies. CBHSQ Methodology Report. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD.

The CBHSQ Methodology Report is prepared by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

RTI Project No. 0212800.

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All material appearing in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission from SAMHSA. Citation of the source is appreciated. However, this publication may not be reproduced or distributed for a fee without the specific, written authorization of the Office of Communications, SAMHSA, HHS.

Bookshelf ID: NBK519735PMID: 30199189


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