Development of a core outcome set for treatment of substance use and addictive behaviour disorders
Healthcare services should enable service-users to achieve the health outcomes that are important to them. Value in healthcare is the ability of providers to support achievement of these outcomes relative to the cost of service delivery. To better understand whether and how value is being achieved, there is a need to measure outcomes in ways that are meaningful to people, feasible in routine practice, and comparable across contexts and settings. A globally consistent approach to outcomes measurement enables benchmarking at the international level, facilitating collaboration and quality improvement.
The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) has brought together an international and multidisciplinary Working Group of experts – by profession and by experience – to develop a first recommendation as to which outcomes are important to collect and how to measure them for disorders due to substance use or addictive behaviours.
The aims of this work are (1) to develop a standard, minimum set of outcome measures that assesses the most important domains to service-users in this context and (2) to develop an accompanying set of case mix variables and time points to facilitate standardised data collection.