Assessment and diagnosis of nicotine dependence in mental health settings

Alan L. Peterson, Ann S. Hryshko-Mullen, Yvette Cortez

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This study evaluated the frequency of documented assessment of smoking status and the diagnosis of nicotine dependence in a random sample of 153 mental health records and 152 medical records. The results indicated that tobacco use was routinely documented in the mental health records (88%) and medical records (87%). However, a diagnosis of nicotine dependence was given in only 2% of the mental health records (1/49) and 7% of the medical records (2/30) for those patients with documented regular tobacco use. These results suggest that clinicians do not routinely diagnose Nicotine Dependence even when diagnostic criteria are met.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-197
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal on Addictions
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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