What was revised in the updated Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alcohol (CIWA-AD) scale?

Updated: Nov 06, 2020
  • Author: Michael James Burns, MD, FACEP, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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A revised version of the CIWA-Ar, called the CIWA-AD, thought to be more user-friendly, is a shorter version (8 items plus pulse measurement), with pulse as a scored item. The 3 CIWA-Ar items assessing the patient’s subjective report of perceptual disturbances are compressed down to a single item. The CIWA-AD is copyrighted, whereas the CIWA-Ar is not. [7]


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