Quality of Care Measures for the Management of Unhealthy Alcohol Use

Published in: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 76 (2017) 11–17

Posted on RAND.org on March 13, 2017

by Kimberly A. Hepner, Katherine E. Watkins, Carrie M. Farmer, Lisa V. Rubenstein, Eric R. Pedersen, Harold Alan Pincus

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There is a paucity of quality measures to assess the care for the range of unhealthy alcohol use, ranging from risky drinking to alcohol use disorders. Using a two-phase expert panel review process, we sought to develop an expanded set of quality of care measures for unhealthy alcohol use, focusing on outpatient care delivered in both primary care and specialty care settings. This process generated 25 candidate measures. Eight measures address screening and assessment, 11 address aspects of treatment, and six address follow-up. These quality measures represent high priority targets for future development, including creating detailed technical specifications and pilot testing them to evaluate their utility in terms of feasibility, reliability, and validity.

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