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Diagnostic Assessment of Alcohol Use Disorders and Comorbidity


Innovative self-report and biochemical approaches to the early identification of alcohol use problems and diagnosis of alcohol use disorders and comorbidity are needed. The research design should include measurements of reliability and validity in appropriate population samples. Areas that may be of interest to small businesses include, but are not limited to:

A. Development or adaptation of diagnostic instruments measuring alcohol use disorders and related comorbid conditions in general population and treated samples, including youth, the elderly, pregnant women, ethnic minorities, the handicapped, and persons with low-level reading skills).

B. Development and testing of computer algorithms necessary to derive diagnoses of alcohol use disorders and associated comorbidity.

C. Development of innovative methods for diagnostic assessment in clinical settings. Development and testing of detailed audio, visual, or printed training modules to accompany diagnostic instruments.

Cherry Lowman, Ph.D.



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