Evidence Base


Peer-Reviewed Research on The ASAM Criteria

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is a perspective on clinical decision-making that has been defined as “… the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients … [by] integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research” (Sackett, Rosenberg, Gray, Haynes, & Richardson, 1996, p. 71).

The ASAM Criteria was 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. 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.