AHRQ supported two systematic reviews of the literature on integration by the Evidence-Based Practice Centers (EPC). The EPC findings were published as an evidence report/technology assessment entitled Integration of Mental Health/Substance Abuse and Primary Care (2008). Subsequent efforts highlighted the gaps in the evidence and offered a path forward for the field through the Future Research Needs for the Integration of Mental Health/Substance Abuse and Primary Care (2010) paper.
The Academy continues the work of those prior AHRQ studies. Presently, the Academy Literature Collection comprises more than 3,200 journal article references. In addition to the references from the systematic reviews, the Collection includes the results of comprehensive literature searches conducted by the Academy’s research team to identify integration articles published since 2010, as well as the NIAC's selections of key and foundational literature to provide a framework for the modern integration literature. In 2015, the Academy will conduct two additional searches of the published literature. Those results, as well as references identified by monitoring RSS feeds of journals in the integration field, will augment the published literature offerings. The Academy has also identified literature published since 2000 on research gaps, including those identified in the prioritized list of gaps in the Future Research Needs report. An additional knowledge gap search may be conducted in 2015 at the NIAC’s direction. All of this research is available via the View the Literature button above.
The Academy Literature Collection enhances prior collections of integration resources by including grey literature references such as reports, dissertations, conference proceedings, and web resources. Grey literature is defined as materials that are not made available through traditional publishing avenues. Often, the information from unpublished resources can be limited and the risk of bias cannot be determined. Grey literature references are included in the Literature Collection to further the Academy’s mission to gather all sources of information on integration. By January 2015, the Academy will have more than 500 grey literature references available in the Literature Collection.