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​​​​​​​​​​​​​January 11, 2018, 2:00 PM ET: Opioid Crisis: Changing Habits and Improving Pain Management

  • Glenn Crotty, Jr., MD, FACP, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, West Virginia University; Executive Vice President and COO, Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC)
  • Robert B. Saper, MD, MPH, Associate Professor Family Medicine, Boston University; Chair, Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health
  • Shane Coleman, MD, MPH, Division Medical Director, Behavior Services Division, Southcentral Foundation
  • Mara Laderman, MSPH, Director, Innovation, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)​​
  • As efforts continue to curb the opioid addiction epidemic in the US and reduce deaths from overdoses​, the underlying problem of overprescribing remains very much in the spotlight. There's growing evidence that clinicians writing prescriptions for Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin, and the like are adhering to new, stricter guidelines, and doing a better job keeping track of their patients taking opioids. But with these changes in prescribing, experts are now looking to alternative ways to treat chronic and severe pain, especially for people vulnerable to addiction. We're going to look at what providers and organizations can do to improve pain management in the face of new guidance on opioid prescribing on the January 11 WIHI: Opioid Crisis: Changing Habits and Improving Pain Management. We hope you'll tune in.

    We have some strong examples to tell you about on the WIHI: work that's going on at the therapeutic pain clinic that's part of Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC); research taking place at Boston Medical Center on nonpharmacological modalities such as yoga and physical therapy for chronic back pain; and new processes with Southcentral Foundation's Nuka System​ of Care​ to help providers make more careful decisions about the use of opioids, including expanding the use of physical, traditional, and integrative medicine as alternatives to opioid prescribing.

    IHI Director Mara Laderman will help draw connections between the programs and tell us about how this work on improving pain management is an essential component of what health care organizations can and should be working on to address multiple drivers of the opioid crisis. Each patient encounter is also an opportunity to educate individuals and the community about the risks of drug dependence and addiction when opioids alone are the first line of treatment for managing pain. How is your organization changing prescribing patterns? Do you offer alternatives to opioids? How are patients responding? We'd love to know. Please join the discussion on the January 11, 2018 WIHI.

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