Measurement-Based Care in the Treatment of Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders

Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2020 Oct;29(4):675-690. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2020.06.006. Epub 2020 Jul 29.


Measurement-based care in adolescent substance use is an important element of the evidence-based framework of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). Use of a validated measure for detecting substance use, misuse, and substance use disorders is significantly more effective than the use of unvalidated tools or clinician intuition. There are now a variety of established and new validated screening tools that are available for use with adolescents and that capture the range of adolescent substance use behaviors. This area, however, continues to evolve rapidly.

Keywords: Adolescence; Measurement-based care; Screening tools; Substance use disorder.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Evidence-Based Practice*
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening*
  • Psychometrics
  • Referral and Consultation*
  • Substance-Related Disorders* / epidemiology
  • Substance-Related Disorders* / therapy
  • Surveys and Questionnaires