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Humeniuk, Rachel and Henry Edwards, S and Robert, Ali and Poznyak, Vladimir and Maristela G., Monteiro [WHO] . (2010) The Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST): manual for use in primary care. Geneva: World Health Organization. 74 p.

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This manual is a companion to ‘The ASSIST linked brief intervention for hazardous and harmful substance use: manual for use in primary care’1 and is based on ‘The Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST): Guidelines for Use in Primary Care. Draft Version 1.1 for Field Testing’2. The purpose of this manual is to introduce the ASSIST and to describe how to use it in health care settings – particularly community based primary health care settings – to identify people who are using substances, so that a brief intervention (or referral) can be provided, as appropriate.

The manual will describe:
• rationale for screening and brief intervention;
• problems related to substance use;
• the development and validation of the ASSIST;
• how to use the ASSIST (administration, scoring and interpretation of scores);
• motivational interviewing tips to facilitate the process of asking about substance use;
• how to incorporate ASSIST screening in everyday practice.

• Appendix A includes a copy of the ASSIST questionnaire.
• Appendix B includes a copy of the ASSIST response card for clients.
• Appendix C includes a copy of the ASSIST feedback report card for clients.
• Appendix D includes a copy of the risks of injecting card for clients.
• Appendix E provides information about how to adapt the ASSIST for other languages and cultures and to take account of the local situation.
• Appendix F provides answers to the selftesting questions posed in Chapter 11 ‘Good practice in ASSIST questionnaire administration’.
• Appendix G provides two scripted ASSIST examples for practice in role play.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Manual
Drug Type:Alcohol, Alcohol or other drugs in general, Tobacco
Intervention Type:Psychosocial treatment method, Screening
Source:WHO
Date:2010
Pages:74 p.
Publisher:World Health Organization
Place of Publication:Geneva
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:N Communication, information and education > Recommendations or guidelines > Practice / clinical guidelines
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method > Individual therapy > Brief intervention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Identification and screening > Identification and screening for substance use
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method > Motivational interviewing
B Substances > Alcohol
HA Screening, identification, and diagnostic method > Psychosocial screening and diagnostic method
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
B Substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking)
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Community-based treatment (primary care)

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