What is SURE?
SURE is a psychometrically valid, quick and easy-to-complete outcome measure, developed with unprecedented input from people in recovery. It can be used alongside, or instead of, existing outcome tools.
- SURE measures recovery from drug and alcohol dependence
- SURE is completed by people in recovery (not by clinicians, researchers or others)
- SURE has good face and content validity, acceptability and usability for people in recovery
- SURE comprises 21 items (five factors) and is psychometrically valid, quick and easy-to-complete
- SURE can be used by individuals in private or in a therapeutic context
How to score SURE
Scoring of SURE is simple. There are 21 questions and each question scores 1, 2 or 3. This means it is possible to score between 21 and 63.
For questions numbered 1-3
- Never = 3
- On 1 or 2 days = 3
- On 3 or 4 days = 2
- On 5 or 6 days = 1
- Every day = 1
For questions numbered 4-21
- All of the time = 3
- Most of the time = 3
- A fair amount of the time = 2
- A little of the time = 1
- None of the time = 1
Section C is not scored, but allows people to think through their own priorities in recovery
How to complete SURE
Watch this video to see how to complete SURE.
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The development and validation of SURE was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College Londo
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