Rural emergency departments have faced increasing utilization over the last decade, according to a recent article in JAMA Network Open.
This article analyzes visits in rural and urban areas, concluding that in spite of the US’s average decrease in ED visits, rural regions of the country have become more dependent on EDs as a source of healthcare.
To learn more about this trend, check out this JAMA article.
The May Opioid Article of the Month delves into the question of how the US news media has presented stories about opioid use disorder (OUD) treatments.
This study from Health Affairs analyzes local news reporting about OUD treatments, tracking changes in news coverage against the geographic rate of high opioid overdoses and comparing positive versus negative perspectives.
To learn more, check out the May Opioid Article of the Month!
Kennedy-Hendricks, A., Levin, J., Stone, E., McGinty, E. E., Gollust, S. E., & Barry, C. L. (2019). News Media Reporting On Medication Treatment For Opioid Use Disorder Amid The Opioid Epidemic. Health Affairs, 38(4), 643-651.
If you would like to request a copy of this article, please contact your librarian.
A recent report from the National Academy of Sciences tackles the problem of treatments for opioid use disorder.
This report explains both the value of the evidence-based treatments and the barriers people frequently encounter in accessing those treatments.
A news article about the report puts it into the current context of the opioid crisis.
To learn more, check out the April Opioid Articles of the Month!
A recent article from the JAMA Forum highlights the way transportation challenges and mobility barriers affect healthcare.
The article describes the different approaches being taken to reduce these problems at the federal, state, and community levels.
To learn more, check out this JAMA article:
Several new articles in JAMA Internal Medicine examine the impact that physicians’ prescribing habits can have on the opioid crisis.
The first study looks at prescribing patterns across the demographic groups most affected by the opioid crisis, while the second study examines recent changes in opioid prescribing since 2015.
Both articles are highlighted in the a JAMA Internal Medicine commentary that describes how the data is connected in the opioid landscape.
Adams, J. M., & Giroir, B. P. Opioid Prescribing Trends and the Physician’s Role in Responding to the Public Health Crisis. JAMA Internal Medicine.See past Opioid Articles of the Month here.
A recent NEJM Catalyst article takes on the question of improving healthcare by asking patients directly.
The article reports the results of a survey of high-need, high-cost patients, sharing their views on how systems could keep them healthier and out of the ER.
To learn more, check out the NEJM article!
Das, L.T., Abranson, E.L., & Kaushal, R. (2019). High-need, high-cost patients offer solutions for improving their care and reducing costs. NEJM Catalyst.
With the expansion of opioid research, policies, and work, there have been many recent strong publications on the topic.
For a one-time event, your ADL librarians have expanded the Opioid Article of the month to include five articles for February.
These articles cover work being done in the Charlotte and Mountain regions, the validity of evidence used to determine opioid policy, differing trends in intentional and unintentional poisoning deaths, and treatments for opioid use in substance use treatment facilities.
To learn more, check out all five of February’s Opioid Articles of the Month!
The January Opioid Article of the Month highlights a newly published study investigating the impact of the opioid crisis on cases of infective endocarditis in North Carolina.
This serious heart condition can be caused by drug injections, and the article shows the connection between the spike in drug-use associated infective endocarditis and the opioid epidemic.
To learn more, check out the January Opioid Article of the Month!
Ward, A. (2018, December 4). Consequences of the opioid epidemic: decade of research shows spike in drug use-associated infective endocarditis. Contagion Live. Retrieved from https://www.contagionlive.com/news/consequences-of-the-opioid-epidemic-decade-of-research-shows-spike-in-drug-useassociated-infective-endocarditis
December’s opioid article of the month discusses the connection between the opioid crisis and childhood trauma.
Written by Dr. Betsey Tilson, the State Health Director of North Carolina, this article uses local data about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and opioid addiction to identify both risk factors for substance abuse and points when intervention could be effective.
To learn more, check out the new opioid article of the month!
Tilson, E. C. (05/2018). Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs): An important element of a comprehensive approach to the opioid crisis.
North Carolina Medical Society http://www.ncmedicaljournal.com/content/79/3/166.full
In October 2018 the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology released the reading list for the MOC III pilot project. This project will require the ABPN diplomates to read articles from a set list and answer questions.
We are pleased to announce that we are making these articles easily available through the AHEC Digital Library. American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Pilot Project Articles
The November opioid article of the month puts the issue of hospital opioid use into the broader context of the addiction epidemic.
This blog post from Health Affairs uses research articles, statistics, and anecdotes to make the case for why hospital opioid use is a critical factor to consider.
To learn more, check out the new opioid article of the month!
October’s opioid article of the month highlights an attempt to figure out how people who fatally overdose on opioids are combining prescription and illegal drugs. This report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses medical examiner and coroner data to analyze specific drugs and other substances used by people who died of opioid overdoses. To learn more about the patterns shown in this data, check out the ADL’s opioid article of the month!Opportunities to Prevent Overdose Deaths Involving Prescription and Illicit Opioids, 11 States, July 2016–June2017.
The September opioid article of the month highlights a New York Times news article about recently released opioid statistics. The article discusses the increase in deaths shown in the CDC’s data on opioid use and overdoses, pointing to potential reasons for the increase and showing the points for future success.
To learn more, check out the September opioid article of the month:
Sanger-Katz, M. (2018, August 15). Bleak new estimates in drug epidemic: a record 72,000 overdose deaths in 2017 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/upshot/opioids-overdose-deaths-rising-fentanyl.html.
The August opioid article of the month addresses an issue of particular interest to rural communities – the question of why some physicians who are authorized to prescribe opioid addiction treatments still aren’t doing so.
The article describes a research study surveying this unique population of providers, discussing the barriers that these physicians report facing that make it difficult for them to prescribe addiction treatments.
To learn why these rural physicians aren’t prescribing addiction treatments, check out this month’s article:
Andrilla, C. H. A., Coulthard, C., & Larson, E. H. (2017). Barriers rural physicians face prescribing buprenorphine for opioid use disorder. The Annals of Family Medicine, 15(4), 359-362.
Retrieved from: http://www.annfammed.org/content/15/4/359.long
This blog post draws attention to one of the most often overlooked aspects of the opioid crisis – the issue of suicide via deliberate overdose. The article explains why this is an important question that should not be ignored, discussing both the relevant statistics and the gaps in the research.
To learn more about how suicide and opioid addiction are interrelated, read the July opioid article of the month.Oquendo, M.A. & Volkow, N.D. (2018, April 26). Suicide: a silent contributor to opioid-overdose deaths. New England Journal of Medicine 2018; 378:1567-1569.
In the March Opioid Article of the Month, a SAMHSA guide explains some simple ways to reduce substance abuse stigma by language choices. The words that healthcare providers use to discuss this condition with patients can have a significant impact on the patient-provider relationship and the patient’s health outcomes. Check out the full article to learn why words matter.
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