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Pain Management for People with Serious Illness in the Context of the Opioid Use Disorder Epidemic: Proceedings of a Workshop


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On November 7–8, 2018, the Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness hosted a public workshop that brought together experts and key stakeholders from patient advocacy groups, academia, government, health plans and insurers to discuss the issue of pain management for those with serious illness in the context of the opioid use disorder epidemic. The workshop aimed to highlight the impact of unintended consequences of responses to the opioid use disorder epidemic on people who use opioids appropriately to address the pain related to their serious illness, and on the clinicians who treat them.

The Proceedings of a Workshop summarizes the presentations and discussions of the workshop, which included a history of the opioid use disorder epidemic, challenges of patients with comorbid substance use disorder and serious illness, and the impact of policy and regulatory responses to the opioid use disorder epidemic on the care of people with serious illness.