Evidence Base

The ASAM Criteria were built on a foundation of evidence around the multidimensional factors that influence disease severity and prognosis and expert consensus from a broad coalition of clinical stakeholders.



Peer-Reviewed Research on The ASAM Criteria

Certified programs will have procedures that describe how medications prescribed for addiction treatment are accessed by patients in the program.  Since then, there have been more than two decades of peer-reviewed research on The ASAM Criteria addressing outcomes relevant to feasibility, reliability, validity, accuracy, and effectiveness.

Real-World Implementation

Additional peer-reviewed research has explored variables that predict level of care placement, experiences in real-world implementations, processes for improving validity by learning from real world implementations, use in utilization management, and future research priorities.