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Alcohol Res Health. 2006;29(1):19-26.

Performance measures for alcohol and other drug services.

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Center for Behavioral Health, Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.


Performance measures, which evaluate how well health care practitioners' actions conform to practice guidelines, medical review criteria, or standards of quality, can be used to improve access to treatment and the quality of treatment for people with alcohol and other drug problems. This article examines different types of quality measures, how they fit within the continuum of care, and the types of data that can be used to arrive at these measures. The Washington Circle measures--identification, initiation of treatment, and treatment engagement--are a widely used set of performance measures.

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