Session describes an initiative, first proposed to clinical leadership by a health psychologist, to transform pain management and opioid prescribing practices in a large Texas healthcare system. Presenters, psychologist/physician co-chairs, will describe the development and current status of the resulting project, involving large teams of inpatient and ambulatory professionals working together to develop multidisciplinary education, policies, guidelines, and tools to promote evidence-based pain management and opioid prescribing practices to meet the needs of patients. Related QI efforts and current and future outcome measures will be described.
- Describe how a multidisciplinary initiative can positively influence healthcare practices related to pain/opioids.
- Discuss and consider roles for behavioral health providers in healthcare initiatives and leadership.
- Generalize this multidisciplinary approach to other healthcare initiatives.
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