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.
This web-based opioid prevention toolkit from Oregon Health Authority’s Heal Safely campaign is intended to be used by community health workers and public health officials to help communities find safe non-opioid options for healing safely and addressing pain.
The National Academies of Medicine’s COVID-19 response page includes resources for supporting individuals with substance use disorder and those who experience pain. It includes links to NAM’s publications and webinars as well as links to other organizations producing materials to address the needs of these individuals.
This 6 minute video titled “Intersection of Pain and Addiction” from a clinician at Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction describes how addiction often develops after treatment for pain, how individuals with substance use disorder experience pain differently, and how important it is to treat pain in individuals with current SUD or a history of SUD.
The 2017 Nebraska Pain Management Guidance document was developed by an expert advisory task force consisting of actively practicing clinicians and prescribers, public health officers and senior state officials. The guidance is notable for addressing a broad range of topics including
This 2019 update from the Oregon Drug Use Research & Management board provides recommendations for the use of opioids in treating non-cancer pain. The document summarizes guidelines on opioid prescribing produced by the Veterans Administration, the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and the Oregon Health Authority.
This 4 minute video from Minnesota’s Flip the Script campaign features interviews with a physician and patient about how the decision to change the patient’s opioid prescription improved the patient’s quality of life and the provider’s relationship to his patients and his practice.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services convened a group of stakeholders to address opioid prescribing in the state through the Opioid Prescribing Improvement Project. The Opioid Prescribing Workgroup produced these 2018 guidelines on opioid prescribing for use by providers
A 4 page guide for non-prescribers about having difficult conversations with patients about pain management and opioids from Minnesota’s Flip the Script campaign. This guide provides information about the risks of long-term opioid therapy and provides information about understanding acute, post-acute and chronic pain. The guide provides talking points and specific language health care providers can use when talking to their patients and preparing patients to continue the discussion with their prescribing provider.
This 4 page guide from Minnesota’s Flip the Script campaign centers on health care providers conducting difficult conversations with patients around opioids. This guide provides information about the risks of long-term opioid therapy and provides information about understanding acute, post-acute and chronic pain. It also outlines talking points and specific language health care providers can use when talking to their patients.