CAPC's Palliative Pulse has published an article, "Balancing Pain Treatment with Risks of Comorbid Substance Use Disorder for Patients with Serious Illness," about findings from a recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) workshop.
The workshop, Pain and Symptom Management for People with Serious Illness in the Context of the Opioid Epidemic, was held in November. “We know there’s a crisis of opioid use disorder,” participant Amy Berman, RN, LHD, FAAN, Senior Program Officer with The John A. Hartford Foundation, told CAPC (The Center to Advance Palliative Care) after the Roundtable.
"One of the unintended consequences of this crisis is that policies have been put in place adversely impacting the ability of seriously ill patients to access appropriate pain treatments. The problem is the blunt tools being used to combat this epidemic,” Berman said.
The Roundtable brought together experts from different areas who highlighted the need for more communication and cross-training between often-siloed medical fields, and discussed ways to move forward.