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CAGE Questions

Aka: CAGE Questions, Conjoint Screening Test
  1. See Also
    1. Alcoholism Screening
    2. NIAAA Quantity and Frequency Questionnaire
    3. Substance Abuse Evaluation
    4. Alcoholism
  2. Indications
    1. Screening for Alcohol Dependence
  3. Criteria: CAGE Questions
    1. Cut
      1. Ever felt you ought to cut down on your drinking?
    2. Annoyed
      1. Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
    3. Guilt
      1. Ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
    4. Eye Opener
      1. Ever had an eye-opener to steady nerves in the AM?
  4. Interpretation: CAGE Questions
    1. Answering Yes to 2 questions
      1. Strong Indication for Alcoholism
    2. Answering Yes to 3 questions
      1. Confirms Alcoholism
  5. Technique: Abbreviated CAGE Questions: Conjoint Screening Test
    1. Questions
      1. Used substances more than intended this year?
      2. Have you ever felt the need to cut down?
    2. Efficacy
      1. Yes to both is 80% sensitive and specific
  6. References
    1. Brown (1997) J Fam Pract 44:151-60 [PubMed]
    2. Brown (2001) J Am Board Fam Pract 14:95-106 [PubMed]
    3. Bush (1987) Am J Med 82:231-5 [PubMed]
    4. Mayfield (1974) Am J Psychiatry 131:1121-3 [PubMed]

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