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Drug Alcohol Depend. 2010 Jul 1;110(1-2):137-43. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2010.02.017. Epub 2010 Mar 26.

An improved brief measure of cannabis misuse: the Cannabis Use Disorders Identification Test-Revised (CUDIT-R).

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National Addiction Centre, Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand. simon.adamson@otago.ac.nz

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Cannabis is widely used and significant problems are associated with heavier consumption. When a cannabis misuse screening tool, the CUDIT, was originally published it was noted that although it performed well there was concern about individual items.

METHODS:

144 patients enrolled in a clinical trial for concurrent depression and substance misuse were administered an expanded CUDIT, containing the original 10 items and 11 candidate replacement items. All patients were assessed for a current cannabis use disorder with the SCID.

RESULTS:

A revised CUDIT-R was developed containing 8 items, two each from the domains of consumption, cannabis problems (abuse), dependence, and psychological features. Although the psychometric adequacy of the original CUDIT was confirmed, the CUDIT-R was shorter and had equivalent or superior psychometric properties. High sensitivity (91%) and specificity (90%) were achieved.

CONCLUSIONS:

The 8-item CUDIT-R has improved performance over the original scale and appears well suited to the task of screening for problematic cannabis use. It may also have potential as a brief routine outcome measure.

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