This is the second version (2016) of the mhGAP Intervention Guide (mhGAP-IG) for mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders in non-specialist health settings. The mhGAP-IG Version 2.0 is a valuable tool to scale up services for people with MNS conditions and their families and includes a revised module for Substance Use Disorders
This manual introduces the ASSIST test and describes how to use it in health care settings - particularly community based primary health care settings – to identify people who are using substances and assess the health risks associated with substance use, so that a brief discussion or a referral to specialist centre can be provided as appropriate.
Screening for alcohol consumption among patients in primary care carries many potential benefits. The AUDIT was developed as a simple method of screening for excessive drinking and to assist in brief assessment. Alongside with the companion publication on the AUDIT, WHO has also produced a manual to aid primary health care workers in administering brief interventions.