AHRQ New Resources for Primary Care Researchers and Evaluators

The Academy’s Atlas of Integrated Behavioral Health Care (IBHC) Quality Measures is one of four searchable databases the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed to help researchers and evaluators efficiently identify and select the most appropriate instruments and measures in four key areas of primary care services: care coordination, clinical-community relationships, team-based care, and behavioral health integration.

In a new release, AHRQ notes there is

“a significant challenge in studying and evaluating primary care improvement and transformation is finding the right instruments and measures to capture useful information about services, innovations, and outcomes.”

The databases all include:

  • conceptual frameworks for measurement in each area,
  • profiles of existing instruments that include information about validation and use, and
  • other information designed both to assist current investigators and advance primary care research and evaluation.

While the Academy’s IBHC Atlas is the only one that provides measures for behavioral health integration per se, the other resources are also helpful to those wishing to measure successful integrated care practices in terms of care coordination, clinical-community relationships, and team-based care.

Additional AHRQ resources for primary care researchers and evaluators, and for improving primary care practice include the Patient Centered Medical Home Resource Center and Prevention and Chronic Care.