3 years ago

The Adjective Rating Scale for Withdrawal: validation of its ability to assess severity of prescription opioid misuse

A. Coloma‐Carmona, J. Rodríguez‐Marín, J.L. Carballo, C.J. van‐der Hofstadt

Abstract

Background

Withdrawal symptoms have been widely shown to be a useful indicator of the severity of opioid dependence. One of the most used instruments to assess them is the Adjective Rating Scale for Withdrawal (ARSW). However, there is a lack of adaptations and validations for its use with prescription opioids, even less for chronic pain patients under treatment with these analgesics. Thus, the aims of this study were to analyze the psychometric properties and invariance across gender of the ARSW in a sample of chronic non‐cancer pain patients.

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