The standard set

The ICHOM Standard Set for Addiction, including disorders related to substance use and addictive behaviours, is the result of hard work by a group of leading physicians, measurement experts, and lived experience experts. It represents the outcomes that matter most to adults and young people with disorders related to substance use and addictive behaviours. We urge all providers around the world to start measuring these outcomes to better understand how to improve the lives of their service users.

1 Defined by Symptoms of Alcohol Use Disorder, Substance Use Disorder, Nicotine Dependence, Gambling Disorder, Gaming Disorder

2 Defined by Frequency and Quantity of Substance Use or Behaviour

3 Defined by Overall Mental Health and Well-Being

4 Defined by Overall Physical Health and Well-Being

5 Defined by Psychosocial Functioning

6 Tracked via the PROMIS Short Form v1.0 - Alcohol Use 7a

7 Tracked via the PROMIS Short Form v1.0 - Severity of Substance Use (Past 30 Days) 7a

8 Tracked via the PROMIS Short Form v1.0 - Smoking Nicotine Dependence for All Smokers 8a

9 Tracked via the Heaviness of Smoking Index

10 Tracked via the Problem Gambling Severity Index

11 Tracked via the Ten-Item Internet Gaming Disorder Test

12 Tracked via the NHS Treatment Outcomes Profile for Substance Misuse - Section 1

13 Tracked via 14 additional questions based on the NHS Treatment Outcomes Profile for Substance Misuse - Section 1

14 Tracked via the WHO Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0 - 12-Item Version

15 Tracked via two additional questions based on the PROMIS Scale v1.2 - Global Health

16 Tracked via the KIDSCREEN-10 Index in Adolescent Specialist Services

17 Tracked via the Substance Use Recovery Evaluator in Populations with Alcohol and/or Substance Use Disorder

Team that developed this standard

Project team

Chair | Michael Farrell | National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
Research Fellow | Nicola Black | National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
Programme Manager | Sophie Chung | ICHOM
Project Manager | Luz Sousa Fialho | ICHOM
Research Associate | Timea Gintner | ICHOM


Alex Blaszczynski | University of Sydney, Faculty of Science, Brain and Mind Centre, School of Psychology
Lynette Murphy*
Nicholas Lintzeris | University of Sydney / NSW Health
Peter J. Kelly | School of Psychology University of Wollongong / Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
Suzie Hudson | Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies


Brian Rush | Centre for Addiction and Mental Health


Hans-Jürgen Rumpf | Universität zu Lübeck


Abhijit Nadkarni | Sangath / London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (UK)


Wim van den Brink | Amsterdam University Medical Centers, location Academic Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry


Marica Ferri | European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

South Africa

Maria Florence | University of the Western Cape


Marta Torrens | Hospital del Mar / Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Apinun Aramrattana | Chiang Mai University
Sawitri Assanangkornchai | Prince of Songkla University

United Kingdom

Adrian Brown | Central and North West London Trust
Christopher Wait | Build on Belief*
Gabriel Segal | King’s College London
Gillian W. Shorter | School of Psychology, Queen's University Belfast / Institute of Mental Health Sciences, Ulster University
Henrietta Bowden-Jones | University College London
Joanne Neale | King’s College London

United States

Daniel Rosen | University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work
Linda B. Cottler | University of Florida
Maury Elsasser*
Qiana L. Brown | Rutgers University School of Social Work and School of Public Health
Ralitza Gueorguieva | Yale School of Public Health
Ryan Hampton | The Voices Project*

*Lived experience representative

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