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Subjective Opiate Withdrawal Scale (SOWS)

Purpose:

To evaluate a patient for subjective symptoms of opiate withdrawal.

Specialty:

Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

Objective:

severity, prognosis, stage

ICD-10:

F11

Description:

Handelsman et al reported 2 rating scales for a patient undergoing opiate withdrawal, one subjective and the other objective. The authors are from the VA Medical Center in the Bronx.

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