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Moving the Needle Campaign

A statewide campaign focusing on reducing peri-operative opioid prescribing.

The goal of this campaign is to encourage collaboration across the diverse spectrum of providers providing peri-operative patient care as a way to address our ongoing challenges with opioid prescribing.

There has been intense focus on decreasing opioid related deaths. While significant overall progress has been made, we believe that bringing focused attention to peri-operative opioid prescribing practices will further move the needle.

Tying practice patterns to data will concretely demonstrate to providers how their actions directly affect patient safety and opioid use. Our Care Outcomes Assessment Programs’ (COAP) unique ability to gather meaningful data will enable providers to measure the changes they are making and compare those changes with their peers in a measurable way.

Our attention was brought to this aspect of the opioid crisis through the Bree Collaborative’s Opioid Prescribing Workgroup, who noted “…recent studies show that patients often receive more opioids for home use than are necessary for pain related to many procedures…. Increased duration of initial opioid prescription has also been associated with increased incidence of chronic opioid use and risk of opioid misuse and overdose.”[1]  The Workgroup also noted that patients who bring home more pills than they need risk illegal diversion of their opioid prescription.

Recent changes in the state regulations enable linking the Prescription Monitoring Program data with COAP registries. This is an unprecedented opportunity to gain insight into statewide and prescribing patterns and will further inform our efforts to Move the Needle.

[1]Opioid Prescribing Workgroup. (2018) Prescribing Opioids for Postoperative Pain – Supplemental Guidance. Weir, V, ed. Seattle, WA: Dr. Robert Bree Collaborative.