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

rapy should be recommended and available to all adult

patients diagnosed with nicotine dependence (including those with

other substance use conditions) and without medical contraindications.

Pharmacotherapy, if prescribed, should be provided in addition to and

directly linked with brief motivational counseling.

Continuing Care Management of Substance Use Illness

11. Patients with substance use illness should be offered long-term,

coordinated management of their care for substance use illness and any

coexisting conditions, and this care management should be adapted

based on ongoing monitoring of their progress.

Seven new recommendations to accompany the practice set were likewise endorsed. The recommendations pertain to the following areas:

-- Improving the NQF-endorsed Practices

-- Additional Research

-- Measure Development

-- Implementation

-- Finance

-- Legal and Regulatory

-- Management in Primary Care

For more information and to order the report please visit: http://www.qualityforum.org.

The mission of the National Quality Forum is to improve the quality of American healthcare by setting national priorities and goals for performance improvement, endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance, and promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs. NQF, a non-profit organization (http://www.qualityforum.org) with diverse stakeholders across the public and private health sectors, was established in 1999 and is based in Washington, DC.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health c
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