A Taxonomy of Hospital-Based Addiction Care Models: a Scoping Review and Key Informant Interviews

Honora Englander, Amy Jones, Noa Krawczyk, Alisa Patten, Timothy Roberts, P. Todd Korthuis, Jennifer McNeely

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Background: There is pressing need to improve hospital-based addiction care. Various models for integrating substance use disorder care into hospital settings exist, but there is no framework for describing, selecting, or comparing models. We sought to fill that gap by constructing a taxonomy of hospital-based addiction care models based on scoping literature review and key informant interviews. Methods: Methods included a scoping review of the literature on US hospital-based addiction care models and interventions for adults, published between January 2000 and July 2021. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 15 key informants experienced in leading, implementing, evaluating, andpracticing hospital-based addiction care to explore model characteristics, including their perceived strengths, limitations, and implementation considerations. We synthesized findings from the literature review and interviews to construct a taxonomy of model types. Results: Searches identified 2,849 unique abstracts. Of these, we reviewed 280 full text articles, of which 76 were included in the final review. We added 8 references from reference lists and informant interviews, and 4 gray literature sources. We identified six distinct hospital-based addiction care models. Those classified as addiction consult models include (1) interprofessional addiction consult services, (2) psychiatry consult liaison services, and (3) individual consultant models. Those classified as practice-based models, wherein general hospital staff integrate addiction care into usual practice, include (4) hospital-based opioid treatment and (5) hospital-based alcohol treatment. The final type was (6) community-based in-reach, wherein community providers deliver care. Models vary in their target patient population, staffing, and core clinical and systems change activities. Limitations include that some models have overlapping characteristics and variable ways of delivering core components. Discussion: A taxonomy provides hospital clinicians and administrators, researchers, and policy-makers with a framework to describe, compare, and select models for implementing hospital-based addiction care and measure outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2821-2833
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Aug 2022


  • addiction consult service
  • hospital-based opioid treatment
  • hospitalized patient
  • psychiatry consult liaison service
  • referral and consultation
  • substance withdrawal syndrome
  • substance-related disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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