An instrument to evaluate alcohol-abuse interviewing and intervention skills

J. Paul Seale, Nancy Amodei, John Littlefield, Elia Ortiz, Miguel Bedolla, Cheng H. Yuan

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At the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio from 1988 through 1990, the authors developed the Alcoholism Intervention Performance Evaluation (AIPE), a rating instrument for the evaluation of alcohol-abuse interviewing and intervention skills. Factor analysis of 51 rating items identified seven factors that accounted for most of the variability among the items; 35 were retained and assigned to the factor with which they correlated most highly, thus resulting in a seven-factor instrument with 35 items. The AIPE overall score had an interrater reliability of .73 (for four raters each rating approximately 30 videotaped simulated-patient interviews) and a test-retest reliability of .89 (for one rater rescoring 20 interviews after one month). The authors suggest that the individual scores for the seven factors can be used to provide instructional feedback to trainees and that the overall score can be used to certify interviewer proficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)482-483
Number of pages2
JournalAcademic Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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