Strategies for Positive Change in Opioid Prescribing


A panel of experts share insights on overcoming challenges in responsible opioid prescribing and explore emotional responses, aversion to change, and the role of interdisciplinary collaboration in addressing the opioid crisis.

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 discusses the importance of positive change in opioid stewardship. Acknowledging challenges, Abel highlights emotional responses and aversion to change as obstacles, suggesting strategies like active listening, deferral of discussions, and incorporating change management principles. Mitchell encourages clinicians to be agents of change, emphasizing the need for interdisciplinary collaboration. Mitchell introduces the concept of total pain, emphasizing the multidimensional nature of pain and suffering. The panel stresses the importance of addressing psychological, social, and existential factors, requiring an interdisciplinary approach. Haumschild concludes by emphasizing the significance of a holistic care model for patient success. Practitioners are urged to seek resources from organizations like the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists or the Society of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacists and become agents of change in their practice settings.

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

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