Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 105--108

Need for validation of fagerstrom test for nicotine dependence in Indian context: Implications for nicotine replacement therapy


Manoj Kumar Sharma1, Priyamvada Sharma2 
1 Department of Clinical Psychology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Centre for Addiction Medicine, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Manoj Kumar Sharma
Department of Clinical Psychology, Centre for Addiction Medicine, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru - 560 029, Karnataka
India

Background: Variety of smokeable and chewable tobacco products with diverse nicotine content are used in India. Nicotine quantity in tobacco products has a direct bearing on developing tobacco dependence. The present work used this information to derive scores on the Fagerstrom test for nicotine dependence (FTND). It was used to determine the dosing of nicotine replacement treatment (NRT). Materials and Methods: Nicotine score quantitation was taken from the previous study. This data was applied to FTND to determine the relationship of nicotine content to the potential degree of dependence. Results: Application of nicotine quantitation to FTND in a hypothetical experiment significantly altered the scores from medium to high depending on the brand the used. Conclusion: Application of qunatitation of nicotine content in FTND score has implications for the assessment of tobacco dependence and NRT dose. The study implies validation of FTND using nicotine quantity in the consumed tobacco product as a scorable parameter in the FTND.


How to cite this article:
Sharma MK, Sharma P. Need for validation of fagerstrom test for nicotine dependence in Indian context: Implications for nicotine replacement therapy.Indian J Psychol Med 2016;38:105-108


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Sharma MK, Sharma P. Need for validation of fagerstrom test for nicotine dependence in Indian context: Implications for nicotine replacement therapy. Indian J Psychol Med [serial online] 2016 [cited 2019 Oct 17 ];38:105-108
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