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2022 Sep

BMJ Open Qual



From ‘pain management’ to ‘integrated health clinic’: a quality improvement project to transition patients on chronic opioid therapy to more evidence-based therapies for chronic pain.


The State of New York, along with the whole nation, is struggling to combat the opioid epidemic. Major authoritative bodies on chronic pain and addiction have advocated against the use of opioids long term for chronic pain. In the spring of 2021, our pain management clinic made the decision to discontinue chronic opioid prescriptions, offering instead a three-part intervention to provide patients with support for chronic pain during the process of discontinuing chronic opioid therapy (COT). Our goal was to provide safer and more evidence-based care for our chronic pain population.