3 things physicians should do when treating pain
Physicians treating patients with acute or chronic pain can benefit from 3 suggestions: use state PDMPs to improve care; focus on the patient’s goals not just the pain; and talk about overdose risk.
Physicians take steps to address opioid overdose epidemic
New policies adopted by the AMA address steps physicians can take to fight opioid overdose epidemic. Efforts cover the use of prescription drug monitoring programs; access to naloxone and adding addiction medicine as a sub-specialty.
Physicians identify ways to improve opioid overdose prevention
AMA survey of physicians reveals steps needed to end opioid epidemic. Focus on improving prescription drug monitoring programs, more specific continuing medical education, changes to health insurance, and co-prescribing naloxone.
Survey: Physicians support PDMPs, face limits with non-opioid therapy
The AMA released survey results showing support for policies to end the opioid epidemic, including improving PDMPs, education and ending barriers to care.
Medical residents battle opioid epidemic in Massachusetts
Medical residents at Boston hospitals led the way to gain access to the prescription drug monitoring program. This tool helps them reduce prescription opioid misuse and provides more informed care to their patients.
Putting patient at the center of pain management: Fighting opioid crisis
When it comes to the comprehensive management for chronic pain, recognize that patients with a history of alcoholism or substance use disorder are at higher risk for abuse, and should be managed very carefully.
As opioid use disorders increase, physicians offer solutions
As the opioid epidemic remains a devastating issue for patients and their families, a study published Tuesday in JAMA highlights the need to enhance access to treatment to curb the rising toll opioid use disorders are taking on the country.
From Rx monitoring to treatment: Solutions for overdose epidemic
Physicians at the AMA Annual Meeting underscored their commitment to reverse the opioid overdose epidemic. Among the policies adopted to this end were ones that called for increased Rx monitoring and coverage for addiction treatment.