Advancing Hospital Medicine’s Response to the Opioid Crisis

Bridging knowledge gaps, the Society of Hospital Medicine and Elsevier unite to promote current evidence-based treatments for those hospitalized with opioid use disorder.

The opioid crisis places immense pressure on hospitals, with over 2 million individuals affected by opioid use disorders (OUD) in the United States, as reported by the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). Hospitalists and hospital-based clinicians are on the frontline of this epidemic, requiring the latest evidence-based approaches for managing OUD. It’s equally vital to equip hospitalists with patient-centered strategies for initiating conversations about the benefits of beginning treatment while in the hospital and how to access the needed treatment and psychosocial support after leaving the hospital.

Responding to this urgent need, SHM, supported by an Elsevier grant, has developed materials to navigate care for hospitalized patients with OUD. These educational resources include an in-depth primer on OUD treatment and a discussion guide that provides simulated patient cases, recommendations for how to talk to patients, and guidance on care transitions.

Download the whitepaper to learn more about the future of opioid treatment.
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