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Managing Long-Term Low Back Pain to Improve Health and Reduce Reliance on Opioid Medicines: Comparing Mindfulness Meditation and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

PCORI has identified opioid use for chronic pain as an important research topic. Patients, clinicians, and others want to learn: How can patients lower their use of opioid medications while managing chronic pain, or eliminate use of these drugs altogether? To help answer this question, PCORI launched a funding initiative in 2016 on Clinical Strategies for Managing and Reducing Long Term Opioid Use for Chronic Pain. This research project is one of the studies PCORI awarded as part of this program. This research project is in progress.

Evaluation of a Health Plan Initiative to Mitigate Chronic Opioid Therapy Risks

Background: Opioid analgesics such as Vicodin and Oxycontin are now widely prescribed to manage moderate to severe chronic pain, but the effectiveness and safety of long-term opioid use are unclear. Of the 60 million US adults with moderate to severe chronic pain, 5 to 8 million currently use opioids long-term. Increased opioid prescribing has led to an alarming rise in prescription opioid abuse and overdose among chronic pain patients and in the community-at-large. Patients considering long-term opioid use need reliable information on risks.

New online resources for leaders of systems change - Academy for Systems Change

We are proud to announce that the Academy for Systems Change has launched two new online resources for anyone leading deep systemic change in their organizations and beyond; the Systems Leader’s Fieldbook and the Academy Stories website. These resources share systems thinking tools, methods, approaches and real-life experiences from systems change leaders working to solve social, economic, and environmental challenges […] read more

PCORI in Practice Webinar: Employers' Use of Patient-Centered Research - Webinar Recording - December 6, 2017

PCORI was pleased to join the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) and Center for Workforce Health and Performance (CWHP) to discuss employers' use of patient-centered research. During this webinar, leaders from three major employers discussed their perspective on how employers consider patient-centered research in the design and purchase of employee health benefits. (Read more)

Ill Employees in Unsupportive Workplaces Have More Absences and Lower Performance | Integrated Benefits Institute

Employees working in unsupportive work climates characterized by unsafe working conditions, low respect and trust, poor variety and learning and high workload are associated with higher absence and lower job performence.  Further unsupportive work climates exacerbate the effects of physical and mental health symptoms on work outcomes.

The Invisible Response to Absence | Integrated Benefits Institute

Employers bear costs from employee lost work time – whether from health-related absence or reduced performance – but those costs often are invisible. This report is the first in a series from the study “The Impact of Health on Job Performance and Productivity” and will provide employers with useful information from employees and their managers …