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Stimson, Gerry V and Hickman, Matthew and Quirk, Alan and Frischer, Martin and Taylor, Colin, eds. (1997) Estimating the prevalence of problem drug use in Europe. Papers arising from a scientific seminar on addiction prevalence estimation: methods and research strategies held in Strasbourg, France, 10-14 June 1996. EMCDDA Scientific Monograph Series; No. 1 Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities .

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This is a landmark publication on prevalence estimation theory and method in the European Union. The monograph – the result of collaboration between 30 scientific authors – explores the relationship between epidemiological work on the estimation of drug problems and the development of drug policy and strategy.

The strengths and weaknesses of the most commonly used estimation techniques – such as case finding, capture–recapture, multiplier and nomination – are uncovered in the volume, as are the virtues of combining and comparing different methods in the estimation process. The monograph underlines the need to improve the quality of data on which prevalence estimates depend, and to complement these estimates with qualitative studies exploring other aspects of the drug situation beyond the statistics.

Table of contents
• Science and policy
• Case-finding methods
• Capture-recapture methods
• Multiplier methods
• Nomination methods
• Combining and comparing different estimation methods


Item Type:Book
Date:1997
Call No:REF, EMCDDA
Pages:271 p.
Publisher:Office for Official Publications of the European Communities
Corporate Creators:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication:Luxembourg
ISBN:9-2916-8006-0
Keywords:Europe, AOD use, prevalence, heroin, AODR mortality, statistical estimation, Western Europe, Drugs Policy, capture recapture technique
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Accession Number:HRB 751 (Available), HRB 2553 (Available)
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Subjects:R Research > Research and evaluation
R Research > Research and evaluation method
VA Geographic area > Europe
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence

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