In August 2019, the MacColl Center's Michael Parchman, MD and long-time University of WA collaborator and friend Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD were featured in a KOMO News piece about their intensive efforts to manage opioid prescribing in primary care clinics throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The clinics that participated in the study saw significant declines both in the number of patients who were using opioids for chronic pain, and among those who continued on opioids, the percent who were on higher dose opioids decreased, said lead researcher Michael Parchman.
The Six Building Blocks program provides an evidence-based quality improvement roadmap to help primary care teams implement effective, guideline-driven care for their chronic pain and long-term opioid therapy patients.
The success in managing opioid use in rural clinics is getting a lot of attention in the health world, as well as the money to expand. The Washington Department of Health, Oregon's Pain Guidance Program, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all now recommend the approach.