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OOWS. Objective Opiate Withdrawal Scale.

OOWS. Objective Opiate Withdrawal Scale.

Author/Developer / Address: Handelsman, L., Cochrane, K. J., Aronson, M. J., Ness, R., Rubinstein K.J., Kanof, P.D.. Psychiatry Service, VA Medical Center, Bronx, New York 10468.

Publication dates: 1987

Description / Type of Assessment: Objective Opiate Withdrawal Scale. An interview and observation tool for assessing opioid withdrawal signs and symptoms. It contains 13 physically observable signs, rated present or absent, based on a timed period of observation of the patient by a rater.

Primary use / Purpose: Measuring the signs and symptoms of opiate withdrawal.

Domains measured / Life Areas / Problems Assessed: Evaluation, Screening, Treatment

Population: Patients with dependence or addiction to opioids.

Administration / Completion Time: less than 10 minutes

Scoring Procedures: less than 10 minutes

Scoring Time: less than 10 minutes

Credentials/Training:

Languages: English

Availability / Inquiries: Handelsman, L., Cochrane, K. J., Aronson, M. J. Ness, R., Rubinstein K.J., Kanof, P.D. (1987) Two New Rating Scales for Opiate Withdrawal. American Journal of Alcohol Abuse, 13, 293-308.

Practicability / usefulness: This scale is demonstrated to be a valid and reliable indicator of the severity of the opiate withdrawal syndrome over a wide range of common signs and symptoms.

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