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Translational Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 57–64 | Cite as

Measurement of adherence to clinical practice guidelines for opioid therapy for chronic pain

  • Amanda M MidboeEmail author
  • Eleanor T Lewis
  • Meenah C Paik
  • Rollin M Gallagher
  • Jack M Rosenberg
  • Francine Goodman
  • Robert D Kerns
  • William C Becker
  • Jodie A Trafton
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ABSTRACT

The safe and effective prescribing of opioid therapy for chronic pain has become a significant health care priority over the last several years. Substantial research has focused on patient-oriented interventions toward preventing problematic use, but provider and system level factors may be more amenable to quality improvement approaches. Here, we outline administrative data-based metrics that are intended to assess adherence to key practices outlined in the 2010 Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guideline for management of opioid therapy for chronic pain. In addition to the metrics, we discuss their development process, which was done in consultation with experts on chronic opioid therapy.

KEYWORDS

Performance measurement Quality improvement Clinical practice guideline Pain management Opioid Process metrics 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The project was funded by VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) Project # RRP 10–106 (Trafton, PI), entitled “Assessment of gaps in chronic opioid therapy guideline adherence,” and VA Office of Academic Affiliations Advanced Fellowship in Medical Informatics (Midboe, postdoctoral fellow, VA Palo Alto Health Care System).

Conflicts of interest

The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amanda M Midboe
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Eleanor T Lewis
    • 1
  • Meenah C Paik
    • 1
  • Rollin M Gallagher
    • 3
  • Jack M Rosenberg
    • 4
  • Francine Goodman
    • 5
  • Robert D Kerns
    • 6
    • 7
  • William C Becker
    • 8
    • 9
  • Jodie A Trafton
    • 1
    • 10
  1. 1.Center for Health Care EvaluationVA Palo Alto Health Care SystemMenlo ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA
  3. 3.Departments of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Penn Pain Medicine CenterUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia VA Medical CenterPhiladelphiaUSA
  4. 4.University of MichiganVA Ann Arbor Health Care SystemAnn ArborUSA
  5. 5.U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsPharmacy Benefits Management ServicesHinesUSA
  6. 6.Pain Research, Informatics, Medical Comorbidities, and Education CenterVeterans Affairs Connecticut HealthCare SystemWest HavenUSA
  7. 7.Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and PsychologyYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  8. 8.Department of MedicineYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  9. 9.VA Connecticut Healthcare SystemWest HavenUSA
  10. 10.Center for Health Policy/Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR)Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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