Enhancing Treatment Access for Chronic Pain Patients

Summary

Adults with chronic pain on opioid therapy are increasingly being denied access to primary care and other mental and pain-related health services. To inform effective policies and programs to improve treatment access in Michigan, the goals of this project are to 1) conduct a statewide assessment of barriers to care for adults with chronic pain on opioid therapy, 2) determine “why” providers may be unwilling to see patients with chronic pain on opioid therapy and understand the patient experience, and 3) develop a policy brief and implementation toolkit (e.g. training modules, guidelines, and support forums) to increase access to treatment for this complex population that can be used by stakeholders across Michigan, including clinicians, insurance companies, policy makers, and patients.

Status: Ongoing
Funding: Michigan Health Endowment Fund
Category: Research