National Center for Health Statistics

Opioid Survey Question Evaluation Symposium


Dates: TBA,
Washington DC

Fully addressing the opioid crisis requires various types of high-quality data, including survey data on opioid use, misuse, disorder and prescription practices. Yet, an inventory of opioid-related questions from various state and federal surveys reveals inconsistent questions, raising concern for construct validity and the comparability of resulting estimates.

In an effort to advance the quality of opioid survey data, the National Center for Health Statistics will bring together subject matter experts and survey methodologists, including federal and non-federal partners, to host a symposium and share information on opioid use-related measures.

The symposium will:
  • Assess construct definitions and validity of existing opioid use-related survey questions
  • Identify research limitations and gaps in knowledge
  • Consider best practices in survey question design for opioid use-related topics


Researchers are invited to submit abstracts on the empirical evaluation of opioid use-related survey questions to be presented at the symposium.
Papers will be discussed and then compiled in a published compendium.

Author Guidelines
Papers should pertain to the evaluation of opioid use-related survey questions, including:
  • Population-based questions related to opioid-use, impairment, misuse, addiction and disorder
  • Healthcare-based questions related to prescription practices, awareness and patient education

The symposium is limited to empirical, science-based question evaluation studies. Qualitative, quantitative as well as mixed-method research designs are sought. Authors should submit an abstract of less than 450 words, including objective, method, results and conclusions.

Deadline for abstract submission: March 6, 2020.
Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2020

For abstract submission and inquiries regarding the symposium, contact