The Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription medications, and other Substance [TAPS] Tool consists of a 4-item screening for tobacco use, alcohol use, prescription medication misuse, and illicit substance use in the past year and brief assessment (modified version of the ASSIST-Lite (Ali et al., 2013)). This instrument is used to assess primary care patients for tobacco, alcohol, prescription drug, and illicit substance use and problems related to their use, and is available for self-administration and interviewer-administration to detect substance use, sub-threshold substance use disorder (i.e., at-risk, harmful, or hazardous use), and substance use disorders. The TAPS Tool was developed and validated so that health systems will have the option of using either a screen or a combined screen and brief assessment tool, as directed by the needs of their patient populations and clinical settings (McNeely et al., 2016). The instrument is available for use in the public domain; research was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
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McNeely, J., Wu, L.T., Subramaniam, G., Sharma, G., Cathers, L.A., et al. (2016). Performance of the Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription Medication, and Other Substance Use (TAPS) Tool for Substance Use Screening in Primary Care Patients. Annals of Internal Medicine, in press.
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