The AAFP National Research Network (AAFP NRN) is recruiting primary care practices to help test and refine an opioid management toolkit for use in treating chronic nonterminal pain. The project, which is funded through the Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals-sponsored C.A.R.E.S. (Collaborating and Acting Responsibly to Ensure Safety) Alliance(www.caresalliance.org), will select a diverse group of 10 primary care practices to implement the practice-adaptable toolkit with new and existing patients during an eight-month period.
Specifically, practices that have identified a need to improve their current opioid prescribing and patient management procedures, but have not yet implemented a successful process for doing so, are being sought to participate in the study.
During the first two months of the study, which is scheduled to begin in January, practices will be asked to continue their current opioid management procedures and document any concerns about or frustrations with that process. Practices also will be asked to collect patient-reported functional assessment data to guide subsequent treatment and track implementation of the opioid prescribing tool.
Practices then will be asked to begin using the provided implementation guide and practice-adaptable toolkit with new and existing patients and continue to do so during the following three months. Site visits will be conducted on a subset of practices during this portion of the study.
During the final three-month segment, health care professionals and patients will be asked to complete de-identified questionnaires in a traditional practice-based research card study. Practices also will be asked for guidance on how to improve the tools and implementation guide.
All practices will receive $3,500 for their participation during the eight-month implementation phase.
The AAFP NRN is a voluntary research association of primary care physicians and regional practice-based research networks that collaborate on studies to describe and improve primary care practice. It currently includes more than 2,200 primary care clinician members in some 600 offices and encompasses 49 states and the District of Columbia, as well as four Canadian provinces.
For more information on the opioid management study, contact AAFP NRN project manager and certified health education specialist Robin Liston M.P.H., by e-mail at RListon@aafp.org or by phone at (800) 274-2237, Ext. 3175.