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Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2009;35(3):123-7. doi: 10.1080/00952990802707042.

Performance monitoring of substance use disorder interventions in the Veterans Health Administration.

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  • 1Center for Health Care Evaluation, Veterans Affairs, Stanford University Medical Centers, Palo Alto, California 94025, USA. KNH@stanford.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Measuring and improving the quality of treatment for patients with substance use disorders are enduring challenges.

METHODS:

This article describes how the Veterans Affairs health care system is using incentivized performance measures to promote more effective delivery of interventions for nicotine, illegal drug, and alcohol disorders.

RESULTS:

The monitoring and incentive system has increased the delivery of evidence-based services, including screening for alcohol use disorders.

CONCLUSIONS:

Further work remains to be done to strengthen the connection between process-based measures and longer-term patient outcomes.

PMID:
19462294
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