Overview of Measures Included in the IBHC Measures Atlas

This section describes the processes used to identify measures and map the measures to the Integration Framework. For the purposes of the IBHC Measures Atlas, measures are cited at the level of the instrument (e.g., questionnaire, checklist) to maintain the context and, in some cases, the validity of the measurement tool. When appropriate, specific submeasures that are relevant to integrated behavioral health care (e.g., specific questions or items) are listed as guidance for the reader.

The Search for Measures

Measures of integrated behavioral health care were identified through an environmental scan, which consisted of a literature review and consultation with subject matter experts. Key elements of the environmental scan were:

  • Sources: Sources included quality measures clearinghouses; peer-reviewed scientific literature; and the “grey literature,” such as technical reports and working papers from scientific committees and government agencies.
  • Search Methodology: The methodology was informed by methods used in the previously published AHRQ Care Coordination Measures Atlas.[1] Search terms and sources were updated for this IBHC Measures Atlas based on the definition of integrated behavioral health care and common terms under the topic of health care quality measurement.
  • Limits: The search was limited to measures that were published or included in publications since 2001. Measures were included in the IBHC Measures Atlas if they were publically available. Copyrighted or otherwise protected measures are included if they are available to the public at no cost.

An in-depth description of the methods of the search strategy is available in the Methodological Details.

Review of Measures and Mapping to the Integration Framework

Measures were included in the IBHC Measures Atlas based on a series of expert reviews. Measures selected for inclusion were mapped to relevant functional domains in the Integration Framework. Finally, reviewers conducted a usability and usefulness check, during which reviewers assessed the measures on the following three criteria:

  • The degree to which each measure aligned with the measurement constructs;
  • The number of functional domains addressed by a given measure; and
  • The burden of using the measure.

Results of the usability and usefulness check were used to divide the final seventeen measures into two categories, (1) Core Measures and (2) Additional Measures, which are described below.

Measures of Integrated Behavioral Health Care

* Measure was developed specifically to measure integration.

Additional Measures

Measures in this category do not align with the Integration Framework as well as the core measures. These measures may have been designed for a specific population or condition or have a few items relevant to IBHC Measures Atlas within a lengthy instrument.