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Public Health England. (2021) ASSIST-Lite screening tool: how to use.

[img] Other (ASSIST form for mental health settings) - Supplemental Material
[img] Other (ASSIST form for health and social care settings) - Supplemental Material

External website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/assist-...

Guidance for health and social care professionals on using the ASSIST-Lite tool to identify substance use and provide appropriate intervention. 

The Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Tool - Lite (ASSIST-Lite) is a short risk identification tool for use with adults (aged 18 or over) covering:

  • alcohol
  • tobacco
  • cannabis
  • stimulants
  • sedatives
  • opioids
  • other psychoactive substances including use of medicines not as prescribed

This guidance is for health and social care professionals who see service users who might have alcohol and drug problems or who smoke tobacco. It shows how they can use the ASSIST-Lite to identify alcohol, drug and tobacco smoking-related risk and to deliver appropriate interventions to help the service user reduce these risks.

They can also download the adapted ASSIST-Lite forms and use these with their patients. There is one form for mental health services and one for general healthcare services.


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