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Wien Med Wochenschr. 1998;148(3):52-9.

[Vienna standard in diagnosis of nicotine dependence: Vienna Standard Smoking Inventory].

[Article in German]


The Standard Vienna Smokers' Inventory (VSSI) ("Wiener Standard Raucher-Inventar" [WSR]) is based on the authors' experience and was designed to optimize primary and additional diagnostic procedures associated with smoking cessation treatment. The aim of this inventory is to enable therapists interested in smoking cessation interventions to initiate diagnostic procedures as well as to use efficient therapeutic modalities. The study also highlights those areas of the patient's history which should be given special attention and the theoretical background of these areas. The various comprehensive sections of the WSR include general data pertaining to the patient's life, the basic situation (basic rate), especially with regard to nicotine dependence, pre-abstinence syndrome and "tar" exposition values, follow-up of smoking habits, earlier attempts to give up smoking, and possible barriers to cessation of smoking--such as insufficient motivation, "nocturnal sleep disturbing nicotine craving" or carbohydrate dependence. Furthermore, previous illnesses, pre-existing risk factors and regular intake of drugs are also discussed. Finally, the study emphasizes that the WSR should be used by the therapist according to his/her level of training and experience, thus providing the possibility to use specific, individual approaches to deal with specific individuals and situations.

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