Journal article

Challenges of Reliability and Validity in the Identification and Monitoring of Emerging Drug Trends

Jane Mounteney, Craig Fry, Neil McKeganey, Siren Haugland

SUBSTANCE USE & MISUSE | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2010

Abstract

There is increasing pressure on drug monitoring systems to achieve earlier detection and greater precision in reporting of emerging drug use trends. Such systems typically operate in settings where government interest and the drug use trends themselves can be fluid. To achieve the goal of informing timely policy and practice responses in this environment, drug use monitoring systems must be flexible and responsive, as well as reliable and valid. This paper explores three interrelated areas relevant to trend monitoring that can benefit from a clearer focus in terms of increasing validity and reliability: the research paradigm to which systems adhere; the selection of sources or drug use indic..

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