Performance measures for substance use disorders – what research is needed?
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
Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2012, 7:18 doi:10.1186/1940-0640-7-18Published: 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.