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Treating Pain & Reducing Opioids with a Dearth of Resources: Evidence-based Strategies for Improving Patient Outcomes

Learn plans and a portfolio of services that you can be immediately added to your practice.

In this session, Dr. Darnall will:

  • Discuss the history of overprescribing opioids and undertreating psychological factors. Now there is great need to reduce patient risks and treat pain differently—and better. For opioid reduction, costly inpatient programs are effective but largely inaccessible to most patients.
  • Educate learners on research (in press, JAMA Int Med) that provides a low-cost formula for successful opioid reduction in outpatients taking long term opioids. This work hinges on optimizing the patient-provider dynamic to engender patient trust and willingness to taper opioids.
  • Review the aims of the PCORI project, how it builds on our prior work, and the overall mission to use patient-centered methods to provide U.S. clinicians with low-cost solutions to reduce pain and opioid use.
  • Provide a list of treatment resources (websites, books, links to articles, webinars, support groups, and information on evidence-based psychological treatments).

March 2 @ 14:15

2:15 pm

– 3:00 pm

(45′)

Classroom

Beth Darnall, PhD