Approximately 70% of US nursing home residents with chronic pain are regularly prescribed opioids, yet studies and guidelines on medication use in older adults warn that these drugs may have particularly adverse effects—and may even be largely ineffective as pain treatment—in this vulnerable population. Opioids and ineffective pain management can contribute to the worsening of residents’ quality of life and nursing homes’ quality measures, including pain, falls, weight loss, and depression. This webinar will review published guidelines on opioid use, and describe the importance of alternative pain treatment customized to residents’ individual needs using both nonpharmacological and non-opioid treatments for pain management.
Describe the role of Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) in improving healthcare quality
Explain the relationship between opioids and nursing home quality measures
Describe a virtual collaborative model for conducting a performance improvement project in a team with multiple nursing homes
Summarize best practices for identifying specific pain indications and tailoring pain treatment to the needs of individual residents
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist,