Payers & Providers

Comparative Effectiveness of Analgesics To Reduce Acute Pain in the Prehospital Setting

Evidence Ranking: Proven

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

A systematic review prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that evaluated the effectiveness and harms of opioids compared to nonopioid analgesics in the emergency department.

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Policymakers & Community Leaders

Medicaid Acupuncture Pilot Project Outcomes Report

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: State of Vermont - Department of Vermont Health Access

This 2017 report to the Vermont legislature summarizes the findings of a pilot study of providing acupuncture to Medicaid patients with chronic pain.

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Opioid Initiative Wave 1: Starting an ALTO Program – Presentation Slides

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Emergency Quality Network

The ALTO program, or alternatives to opioids, is a comprehensive program focused on providing non-opioid treatments for some common conditions treated in hospital emergency departments. These presentation slides provide guidance to providers or administrators who may want to start an ALTO program in their emergency department.

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Patients & Caregivers

Back to Health: A Study Comparing Yoga, Physical Therapy & Education for Chronic Low Back Pain – Yoga Teacher Training Manual

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Boston Medical Center Program for Integrative Medicine & Health Care Disparities

In 2017, researchers at Boston Medical Center published a study where they compared the effectiveness of physical therapy to a manualized yoga program for the treatment of chronic low back pain. This document is the Yoga Teacher Training Manual used in the study.

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Patients & Caregivers

Back to Health: A Study Comparing Yoga, Physical Therapy & Education for Chronic Low Back Pain – Participant Guidebook

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Boston Medical Center Program for Integrative Medicine & Health Care Disparities

In 2017, researchers at Boston Medical Center published a study comparing the effectiveness of physical therapy to a manualized yoga program for the treatment of chronic low back pain. This document is the participant guidebook to the yoga program.

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Patients & Caregivers

The ALTO Program: Presentation Slides

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Alexis M. LaPietra, DO - St. Joseph's Healthcare System of Paterson, New Jersey

The ALTO or Alternative to Opiates initiative is a an emergency department (ED) based program intended to utilize non-opioid approaches as a first-line therapy for certain pain conditions commonly treated in the ED. These slides briefly describe the ALTO protocols and the results of a pilot study of the program.

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Tips for Talking About Opioids and Pain with Patients

Health care providers often request guidance on how to have conversations with patients about opioids, pain treatment, addiction and other topics that may be challenging. In this collection, we have gathered materials that provide support to providers as they have these difficult conversations.

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