Managing Chronic Pain during the Opioid Crisis: Add a Pharmacist to the Care Team
Feb 14, 2018 4:12 PM
As the opioid epidemic continues to batter communities across the country, primary care physicians are on the front lines, providing about half of all opioid prescriptions in the United States. Managing care for patients with chronic pain is complicated as practitioners navigate the need to alleviate pain while keeping powerful medications off the streets. Nicholas Cox and colleagues at University of Utah Health led a pilot study to evaluate whether integrating a pharmacist into the primary care team could address the problem. They evaluated how practitioners adjusted their therapeutic approach with these at-risk patients if they were provided patient-specific recommendations from a pharmacist. The results were published in The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine in January 2018.