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Performance measures for substance use disorders – what research is needed?

Deborah W Garnick1*, Constance M Horgan1, Andrea Acevedo1, Frank McCorry2 and Constance Weisner3

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1 Institute for Behavioral Health, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA

2 Chair, Washington Circle and FAM Consulting, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

3 Division of Research, Northern California Kaiser Permanente, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA

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Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2012, 7:18  doi:10.1186/1940-0640-7-18

Published: 11 September 2012


In 2010, the Washington Circle convened a meeting, supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), for a multidisciplinary group of experts to focus on the research gaps in performance measures for substance use disorders. This article presents recommendations in three areas: development of new performance measures; methodological and other considerations in using performance measures; and implementation research focused on using performance measures for accountability and quality improvement.

Performance measures; Research agenda; Process; Outcome; Structure; Electronic health records