Nicholas Box, PA-C, Physician Assistant at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics

How to talk about opioids so patients will listen, and how to listen so patients will talk

An Idaho physician assistant relies on everyday tools in his effective approach to medication tapering conversations with his patients.

How to fight the opioid epidemic

The president of the AMA has called for action to combat deaths from opioids. What can your practice do to respond to the opioid epidemic? One of the nation’s top opioid safety researchers, Dr. Michael Von Korff, offers a specific plan.

Opioids for chronic pain: Getting to a safe place

Most primary care providers know all too well that opioid prescribing for the management of chronic pain has increased dramatically. Learn how one rural Washington clinic developed a pain management program that uses care plans and risk stratification to help keep their patients healthy and safe.

6 building blocks for safe, team-based opioid prescribing in primary care

The Team-Based Opioid Management project offers resources and tools that support safer opioid prescribing, including the "Six Building Blocks" - the core components of safe, team-based opioid prescribing that have been implemented successfully in primary care settings across the country.

Safe, effective opioid therapy: How one urban clinic turned the corner

Widespread opioid use disorder, poorly managed chronic pain, and rising opioid overdose deaths awaited Dr. Rachel Solotaroff when she arrived at Central City Concern in 2006. Learn the steps her urban clinic took to successfully establish safety, effective, and consistent opioid therapy in this post.

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