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Managing Pain: Opioids as Part of the Solution, Not the Problem

University of Cincinnati

The goal of this project is to improve quality of care for primary care patients with Chronic nonmalignant pain (CNMP) in the UCHealth Primary Care Network (PCN) via the implementation of practice and system wide changes. Specifically, this project aims to:

1. Improve the assessment and associated documentation of all components of pain (pain severity, functional disability and psychological distress) in all patients with CNMP, and opioid addiction and misuse risk and opioid use monitoring in patients with CNMP on chronic opioid therapy.
2. Improve the appropriate prescribing of analgesic and adjuvant medications for CNMP, including opioids.
3. Improve the appropriate use of, referral to and communication with pain management providers, physical therapy, mental health providers and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) providers

December 2012
Opioid Pain