QUERI Highlights Implementation and Evaluation Science
Pain Care and Opioid Safety
Nearly one in five U.S. adults experience chronic pain, and pain has been linked to dependence on opioids. Opioid and other drug overdose is the number one cause of accidental death in the U.S. Further, the prevalence and severity of chronic pain is higher in Veterans, and Veterans experience overdose at nearly twice the rate of non-Veterans. In order to decrease opioid misuse and improve access to pain treatments, and in partnership with multi-level stakeholders, QUERI centers are focusing on the following.
Consortium to Disseminate and Understand Implementation of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Treatment (CONDUIT) QUERI Evaluation will work to expand access to effective treatments for OUD by supporting providers at VA sites to facilitate Veterans’ access to effective treatments for OUD and chronic pain.
Evaluating Implementation of Stepped Care for Opioid Use Disorder Train-the-Trainer (SCOUTT) Program will assess whether the SCOUTT Program improves access to opioid use disorder care – and identify barriers that inhibit and facilitators that promote its success.
Implementing Stepped Care for Opioid Use Disorder Train the Trainer (SCOUTT) Initiative will implement a comprehensive plan to train interdisciplinary teams in Primary Care, General Mental Health, and Pain Clinics to deliver a stepped care model of medication treatment for opioid use disorder.