Group Health's initiative to avert opioid misuse and overdose among patients with chronic noncancer pain.

@article{Trescott2011GroupHI,
  title={Group Health's initiative to avert opioid misuse and overdose among patients with chronic noncancer pain.},
  author={Claire E Trescott and Randi M Beck and Michelle D Seelig and Michael R Von Korff},
  journal={Health affairs},
  year={2011},
  volume={30 8},
  pages={1420-4}
}
Increased opioid prescribing for chronic pain that is not due to cancer has been accompanied by large increases in abuse and overdose of prescription opioids. This paper describes how Group Health, a Seattle-based nonprofit health care system, implemented a major initiative to make opioid prescribing safer. In the initiative's first nine months, clinicians developed documented care plans for almost 6,000 patients receiving long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain. Evaluation of the initiative… CONTINUE READING
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