|Publication Type||Government Report|
|Source||Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Volume 11-0067 (2011)|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Authors||Peek, C. J.|
|Selection||Key & Foundational; Grey literature|
The Collaborative Care Research Network (CCRN), a sub-network of the American Academy of Family Physicians National Research Network and a practice-based research network, was formed to develop and implement a national, practice-based research agenda to evaluate the effectiveness of collaboration between behavioral health/substance abuse clinicians and primary medical care clinicians. Although research to date generally confirms positive outcomes from collaborative care, it is not clear just what components or methods account for those positive outcomes. Funding agencies and policymakers would like to know that so they can make focused investments in this area, particularly in context of the patient-centered medical home. The CCRN is designed to pose and answer such research questions in a way that can be understood consistently across geographically diverse practices. But experiences framing such research questions led to confusion about the meanings of terms in common use, especially regarding the components or dimensions of collaborative care that are the subject of research questions. Funding agencies and policymakers need consistently articulated concepts for this new scientific field rather than the highly variable language for these concepts presently in use. This lexicon or conceptual system for the field was created and used to formulate research questions as a product for Agency for Healthcare Researchand Quality (AHRQ). Such conceptual clarity, or pre-empirical work, has preceded the empirical triumphs we associate with mature scientific fields and is expected to release much more focused energy for empirical investigation in this field as well.
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|Note||This grey literature reference is included in the Academy's Literature Collection in keeping with our mission to gather all sources of information on integration. Grey literature is comprised of 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 Often, the information from unpublished resources can be limited and the risk of bias cannot be determined.|