Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Commonly used Screening Tools

  • Appendix H contains a list of commonly used screening tools used in various clinical settings to screen certain client populations for use of the specific substance(s).
  • Tools support obtaining specific clinical information about the client’s substance use, which informs the assessment and development of the care plan in conjunction with the client.
  • If the health-care provider is unfamiliar with a particular tool, the expert panel recommends that the provider seek out appropriate support from his or her organization, consult with an expert, and/or administer the universal screen.
Addiction and Mental Health
Engaging Clients who Use Substances
Sample Tools