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Study protocol for evaluating Six Building Blocks for opioid management implementation in primary care practices.


Shoemaker-Hunt SJ, Evans L, Swan H, Bacon O, Ike B, Baldwin L-M, Parchman ML
Implement Sci Commun. 2020; 1:16.
PMID: 32885178.


The Six Building Blocks for improving opioid management (6BBs) is a program for improving the management of patients in primary care practices who are on long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain. The 6BBs include building leadership and consensus; aligning policies, patient agreements, and workflows; tracking and monitoring patient care; conducting planned, patient-centered visits; tailoring care for complex patients; and measuring success. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funded the development of a 6BBs implementation guide: a step-by-step approach for independently implementing the 6BBs in a practice. This mixed-method study seeks to assess practices' use of the implementation guide to implement the 6BBs and the effectiveness of 6BBs implementation on opioid management processes of care among practices using the implementation guide.