An Institutional Approach to Managing the Opioid Crisis

Halena M. Gazelka, Casey M. Clements, Julie L. Cunningham, Holly L. Geyer, Jenna K. Lovely, Cheri L. Olson, Lindsey M. Philpot, Steven B. Porter, Terrence J. Witt, Kathryn W. Zavaleta, Elizabeth B. Habermann

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The opioid crisis is a major concern of most health care institutions, including our large academic center. In this article, an organized approach to managing the epidemic institutionally is discussed. An Opioid Stewardship Program was instituted at our tertiary-care center with multiple sites and states of practice, which included diverse membership and expertise. Charges of the program included reviewing current practice, workflows, and external and internal guidelines and evaluating and standardizing prescribing practices. The development of an Opioid Stewardship Program resulted in: (1) an understanding of our diverse prescribing practices and the formation of patient- and procedure-specific guidelines to manage them, (2) education tools for our patients and providers, and (3) workflows and practice advisories within the electronic health record to support appropriate prescribing and monitoring of patients. This ongoing work continues to evolve in response to the needs of our patients, changing regulatory environments, and our improved understanding of our practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)968-981
Number of pages14
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2020

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