Patient-Centered Prescription Opioid Tapering: Recipes for Success Across Practice Settings (303)

9:15–10:15 am Saturday, March 9

This session describes low-cost, low-risk, scalable methods to engage patients in compassionate opioid tapering across practice settings. Faculty are opioid tapering experts (2 physicians and a psychologist) from VA, community, and academic settings. Become equipped to screen and partner with patients, implement a successful taper, manage pitfalls, and optimize results.

Threading the Needle: Psychological Strategies to Achieve the Goals of Opioid De-Prescribing and Patient-Centered Pain Care

Beth Darnall, PhD

Opioid Tapering in the VA Healthcare System: Resources, Pitfalls, and Best Practices

Aram Mardian, MD

Boots on the Ground for the Private Practice Prescriber: Patient-Centered Opioid Tapering

Richard L. Stieg

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the results for pragmatic patient-centered prescription opioid tapering research.
  • List 3 core principles of patient-centered prescription opioid tapering.
  • List 3 psychological and medical strategies that enhance patient engagement and response to outpatient prescription opioid tapering.