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Validation of a Brief Measure of Opioid Dependence: The Rapid Opioid Dependence Screen (RODS).

TitleValidation of a Brief Measure of Opioid Dependence: The Rapid Opioid Dependence Screen (RODS).
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsWickersham, Jeffrey A., Marwan M. Azar, Christopher M. Cannon, Frederick L. Altice, and Sandra A. Springer
JournalJournal of correctional health care : the official journal of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care
Date Published2015 Jan
AbstractThe Rapid Opioid Dependence Screen (RODS) is an 8-item measure of opioid dependence designed for quick, targeted screening in clinical and research settings. Based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth edition, criteria, the RODS has an average administration of less than 2 minutes and can easily be administered as a stand-alone instrument or as part of a comprehensive interview. This study reports on the initial validation of the RODS among a sample of 97 newly incarcerated, HIV-positive individuals. Using the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview as the primary measure of opioid dependence, the RODS showed good-to-strong sensitivity (.97), specificity (.76), positive predictive value (.69), and negative predictive value (.98), while concordance analysis revealed moderate diagnostic agreement (κ = .67). Psychometric properties revealed strong internal consistency (α = .92) and inter-item correlations (.66 to .87).
Alternate JournalJ Correct Health Care

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