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2018 Methodological Summary and Definitions


This report summarizes the 2018 NSDUH methods and other supporting information relevant to estimates of substance use and mental health issues, and organized into five chapters. Chapter 1 is an introduction to the report. Chapter 2 describes the survey, including information about the sample design; data collection procedures; and key aspects of data processing, such as development of analysis weights. Chapter 3 presents technical details on the statistical methods and measurement, such as suppression criteria for unreliable estimates, statistical testing procedures, and issues for selected substance use and mental health measures. Chapter 4 covers special topics related to prescription psychotherapeutic drugs. Chapter 5 describes other sources of data on substance use and mental health issues, including data sources for populations outside the NSDUH target population. Appendix A is a glossary that covers key definitions for use as a resource with the 2018 NSDUH reports and detailed tables. Appendix B provides a list of contributors to the report.

Publication Date:
August 20, 2019
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