Balancing Opioid Management Challenges for Health Care Professionals

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Experts explore using technology and data analytics to enhance opioid stewardship programs, addressing challenges health care professionals face, and providing strategies for effective patient care, leveraging data, and fostering supportive environments.

This is a video synopsis/summary of a Practice Pearls featuring Ryan Haumschild, PharmD, MS, MBA, CPEL; Megan Mitchell, PharmD, MS; Stephanie Abel, PharmD, BCPS; and Jennifer Grate, CPhT.

Haumschild, Abel, and Mitchell discuss the pivotal role of data, technology, and risk assessment in effective opioid stewardship programs. They underscore the importance of leveraging data analytics and technology, including artificial intelligence, to build real-world evidence, support prescribers, and facilitate patient-centric decision-making. Abel emphasizes the critical role of data in understanding the opioid problem's scope and advocates for incorporating evidence-based changes into electronic health records to simplify decision-making for health care providers. The discussion also explores patient populations at risk for opioid use disorder, highlighting the complexity of risk factors and the absence of a one-size-fits-all approach. Shifting focus to health care professionals with opioid use disorder, Abel outlines risks to patients due to diversion and advocates adopting treatment-focused approaches over punitive measures. The segment concludes with strategies like prefilled single-dose syringes to reduce opioid accessibility.

This summary was AI-generated and reviewed by Pharmacy Times® editorial staff.

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