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Article
January 22, 1988

Clarification and Standardization of Substance Abuse Terminology

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Mental Health (Dr Rinaldi, Mr Steindler, and Ms Goodwin) and Substance Abuse (Ms Wilford), American Medical Association, Chicago.

From the Departments of Mental Health (Dr Rinaldi, Mr Steindler, and Ms Goodwin) and Substance Abuse (Ms Wilford), American Medical Association, Chicago.

JAMA. 1988;259(4):555-557. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03720040047025
Abstract

A four-stage Delphi survey of substance abuse experts was conducted to help achieve greater clarity and uniformity in terminology associated with alcohol and other drug-related problems. This multidisciplinary group of experts was asked to reach a consensus on alcohol and other drug-related terms and definitions. Results produced a list of 50 substance abuse terms deemed important, along with the most agreed on definition for each term.

(JAMA 1988;259:555-557)

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