Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test

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The Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST) screening tool was developed in 1971, and is one of the oldest alcoholism-screening tests for identifying dependent drinkers.[1] Its use is constructed for the general population. There are other versions of the MAST screening tool, all of which can be self-administered or via interview with someone who is trained in the tool being used. All MAST screening tools are scored on a point scale system.[2]

As stated on the Project Cork website,[2] there are 25 questions to the "MAST" screening tool. The length of the screening tool makes administering it inconvenient in many busy primary health care settings, along with emergency department settings. The tool also mainly focuses on the patient’s problems throughout their lifetime, rather than the problems the patient is currently showing signs of.[1] The questions throughout the screening tool operate in the past tense, which means that it is less likely to detect any problems with alcohol in its early stages, according to Buddy, T.[1] The extended questioning is a benefit in a sense that one accomplishes a bit of the assessment section when conducting the screening; furthermore, it allows the individual conducting the screening to achieve better communication and rapport with the client.

The MAST-G screening tool is directed towards screening geriatric clients. With the MAST-G tool, there is a set of 24 questions, rather than the previous 25 questions as in the "MAST" tool. There has always been an underlying question as to the sensitivity and reliability when questioning geriatric clients.[3]

Another related screening tool is the "brief MAST", which is much shorter than the previous tests at 10 questions. There is also the Short-MAST tool similar to the brief test; it contains 13 questions.[4] Which tool to use is decided on by the screener.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Buddy, T. "Michigan Alcohol Screening Test". About.Com. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b Project Cork. "Clinical Tools". Project Cork. Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  3. ^ Luttrell, S; Watkin, V.; Livingston, G.; Walker, Z.; D’ath, P.; Patel, P.; Katona, C (1997). "Screening for Alcohol Misuse in Older People". International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 12 (12): 1151–1154.
  4. ^ Shields, A.L.; Howell, R. T.; Potter, J.; Weiss, R. D. (2007). "The Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test and Its Shortened Form: A Meta-Analytical Inquiry Into Score Reliability". Substance Use and Misuse. 42 (11): 1783–1800. doi:10.1080/10826080701212295.