Implementation and Policy Recommendations from the VHA State-of-the-Art Conference on Strategies to Improve Opioid Safety

Joseph W. Frank, Amy S.B. Bohnert, Friedhelm Sandbrink, Marsden McGuire, Karen Drexler

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Abstract

Evidence-based treatment of opioid use disorder, the prevention of opioid overdose and other opioid-related harms, and safe and effective pain management are priorities for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The VHA Office of Health Services Research and Development hosted a State-of-the-Art Conference on “Effective Management of Pain and Addiction: Strategies to Improve Opioid Safety” on September 10–11, 2019. This conference convened a multidisciplinary group to discuss and achieve consensus on a research agenda and on implementation and policy recommendations to improve opioid safety for Veterans. Participants were organized into three workgroups: (1) managing opioid use disorder; (2) Long-term opioid therapy and opioid tapering; (3) managing co-occurring pain and substance use disorder. Here we summarize the implementation and policy recommendations of each workgroup and highlight important cross-cutting issues related to telehealth, care coordination, and stepped care model implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)983-987
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Volume35
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • chronic pain
  • health policy
  • opioid use disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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