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National Quality Forum Issues First Consensus Standards for the Treatment of Substance Use Conditions
Date:9/19/2007

t organizations and suppliers, is the first time formal consensus has been achieved in the field about the treatment of substance use conditions. The standards were vetted through NQF's formal Consensus Development Process, with multiple stakeholder input, to achieve special legal standing as voluntary consensus standards.

"These consensus standards represent a defining leap forward in the effort to improve treatment of substance use conditions," said Elaine Cassidy, PhD, MSEd, program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "They give visibility and credibility to evidence-based treatment practices and create momentum for further advances."

The eleven newly endorsed treatment practices are organized into four domains and subdomains as follows:

Identification of Substance Use Conditions

Screening and Case Finding

1. During new patient encounters and at least annually, patients in

general and mental healthcare settings should be screened for at-risk

drinking, alcohol use problems and illnesses, and any tobacco use.

2. Healthcare providers should employ a systematic method to identify

patients who use drugs that considers epidemiologic and community

factors and the potential health consequences of drug use for their

specific population.

Diagnosis and Assessment

3. Patients who have a positive screen for -- or an indication of -- a

substance use problem or illness should receive further assessment to

confirm that a problem exists and determine a diagnosis. Patients

diagnosed with a substance use illness should receive a

multidimensional, biopsychosocial assessment to guide patient-centered

treatment planning for substance use illness and any coexisting

conditions.

Initiation and Engagement in Treatment

Brief Intervention

4. All patients identified with alcohol use in excess of Nati
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