Short Opiate Withdrawal Scale-Gossop (SOWS-Gossop)

Gossop M


Basic description

Published in 1990

The scale was derived from the original 32-item Opiate Withdrawal Scale in order to reduce redundancy while providing an equally sensitive measure of opioid withdrawal symptom severity appropriate for research and clinical practice.


Gossop M

Public domain
To evaluate opioid withdrawal symptom severity.
Therapeutic area
  • Mental Disorders
  • Chemically-Induced Disorders
Therapeutic indication
  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • Opioid-Related Disorders
Type of Clinical Outcome Assessment (COA)
  • pro PRO
Original language(s)
  • English for the UK
Bibliographic reference(s) of the original questionnaire

Gossop M. The development of a Short Opiate Withdrawal Scale (SOWS). Addict Behav. 1990;15(5):487-90 (PubMed abstract)

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