Patients & Caregivers

Spotlight: Project ECHO

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Source: Addiction Policy Forum

A brief overview of the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) initiative which connects clinical specialty providers such as addiction medicine experts with primary care providers through multi-point video conferencing technology. The model uses case-based learning where the speciallists combine brief lectures on clinical topics with case presentations and work with the primary care providers to enhance their knowledge and ability to treat conditions such as opioid use disorder. Project ECHO began in 2003 in New Mexico but now operates throughout the United States and internationally. This report is part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.

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COVID-19

UPDATED July 6, 2020:  The COVID-19 public health emergency is particularly challenging for people in treatment for substance use disorder, people in recovery, and people who use drugs. This collection features educational resources that can be adapted for local settings, specific guidance on harm reduction, recovery housing and providing peer support services during the pandemic, and links to websites that provide high-quality information, data, and/or examples for local communities to adopt.

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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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Medication Assisted Treatment – Primary Care Providers and Health Care Clinics

Efforts to expand patient access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) often focus on enhancing the ability of primary care providers and health care clinics to offer MAT treatment. This collection features resources intended to help primary care providers and clinic staff establish and maintain MAT programs for their patients.

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How Community Health Centers are Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Source: Milbank Memorial Fund

This case study profiles how a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in New York provides integrated medical and behavioral health care services for individuals with opioid addiction.

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Opportunities to Improve Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Disease Services: Integrating Responses to a Dual Epidemic

Source: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

This linked report details the work of integrating service for opioid use disorder treatment and infectious disease prevention and treatment. The report highlights programs that have successfully integrated treatment and provides recommendations for overcoming common barriers to service integration.

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The STOP Practice

Source: Montifiore Health System

This 1-page infographic explains the STOP practice for reducing stress. Part of a collection of stress reduction materials compiled by Montifiore Health System for their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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