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Rethinking an Assessment of Nicotine Dependence: A Sex, Gender and Diversity Analysis of the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence

  • Lindsay Richardson (a1), Lorraine Greaves (a2), Natasha Jategaonkar (a3), Kirsten Bell (a4), Ann Pederson (a5) and Ethel Tungohan (a6)...

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This article assesses whether the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence (FTND), adequately reflects sex, gender and diversity related differences in nicotine dependence. Available studies on the FTND were reviewed and a sex, gender and diversity analysis (SGBA) of this instrument was conducted. Results indicate that sex and gender differences in nicotine dependence may undermine the ability of the FTND to present an adequate picture of dependence. Conducting a SGBA on this Fagerstrom test reveals that sex and gender differences likely limit the ability of this instrument to present an accurate picture of dependence in diverse groups. Further research is needed to enhance the sensitivity of the FTND.

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*Address for correspondence: Lindsay Richardson, British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, E311–4500 Oak Street, Box 48, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3N1.

Rethinking an Assessment of Nicotine Dependence: A Sex, Gender and Diversity Analysis of the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence

  • Lindsay Richardson (a1), Lorraine Greaves (a2), Natasha Jategaonkar (a3), Kirsten Bell (a4), Ann Pederson (a5) and Ethel Tungohan (a6)...

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