The AHRQ Academy’s Literature Collection reflects the growing evidence for the integration of behavioral health and primary care and guides other Academy work. The Literature Collection was last updated in September 2016 and includes both published and grey literature.
Before creating the Academy, AHRQ supported the development of two systematic reviews of the literature on integration:
- Integration of Mental Health/Substance Abuse and Primary Care (2008)—described models of integrated care and the impact of integrated services on patient outcomes, and
- Future Research Needs for the Integration of Mental Health/Substance Abuse and Primary Care (2010)—highlighted gaps in the evidence for integrated care and offered a path forward for the field.
The Academy used the references from the earlier systematic reviews as a foundation for the Literature Collection. The Academy project team then conducted additional comprehensive literature searches to identify relevant articles published since 2010.
The Academy also identified literature on research gaps, including those described in the Future Research Needs report, as well as emerging topics such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. The National Integration Academy Council's selection of key and foundational literature provides a framework for the modern integration literature. The Literature Collection includes approximately 4,500 journal article references.
The Literature Collection enhances prior compilations of integration resources by containing grey literature, which includes nonpublished resources such as reports, conference proceedings, and Web resources. The inclusion of grey literature reflects the Academy’s mission to gather all sources of information on integration. The Literature Collection features more than 800 grey literature references.
Each of the Literature Collection references falls into one or more of the following topics: