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A Healthcare Education Solution Focused on the Opioid Crisis

Education, both for the public and for clinicians, continues to play a central role in combatting the national opioid crisis. The spiraling nature of the epidemic also means that experts from across the healthcare continuum must join forces to reach as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. That sense of urgency is why HealthStream and the National Quality Forum (NQF) have partnered to create the NQF Opioid Stewardship Fundamentals online training course, an educational series that follows the seven fundamental actions of the National Quality Partners (NQP) Playbook: Opioid Stewardship.

This Blog post is the first of five that excerpts the HealthStream article, HealthStream, National Quality Forum Partner to Combat the Opioid Crisis, which describes our partnership with NQF to provide learning courseware for healthcare professionals that is aimed squarely at addressing the opioid crisis.

Concrete Strategies and Implementation Examples

“A key differentiator of this course is that it goes beyond facts and figures to provide concrete strategies and implementation examples for healthcare organizations and clinicians, allowing them to recognize and provide effective and safe pain management and opioid stewardship,” says Kathleen Giblin, RN, Senior Vice President of Quality Innovation at the NQF. The NQF is a 20-year-old organization with more than 400 members including consumers, health plans, medical professionals, employers, government and public health agencies, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and quality-improvement organizations working to drive measurable improvements in healthcare.

Promoting the Latest Evidence-Based Practices

According to Giblin, “One of the ways NQF fulfills its mission is by engaging our members to drive meaningful and lasting change on the nation’s highest priority healthcare issues. Addressing the opioid crisis was a top priority for NQF Members, and as a result, NQF launched an Action Team to identify strategies and tactics to better manage patients’ pain while reducing the risks of opioids. NQF then developed the NQP Playbook: Opioid Stewardship with input from the Action Team to provide concrete strategies and examples for healthcare organizations committed to opioid stewardship.”

Sharing Innovations

“One pocket of our membership may tell us about something innovative they’re doing to take action on a healthcare priority,” she explains. “In this instance, we spent the time listening to the action team and hearing directly from them about what impedes progress and what prevents organizations from building opioid stewardship programs. We looked at those barriers and identified targeted solutions for those. We then have the national voice to expand on that, to really elevate it across the nation. We saw the playbook as an opportunity to do that work of finding those promising practices, and then sharing them more broadly to drive progress on a national level. That’s what is really special about what NQF can do.”

Future installments in this series will include:

  • Deliberative Process Yields Practical Guide
  • HealthStream-NQF Partnership Puts Tools into More Hands
  • Levels of Coursework Ensure Wider Engagement across Providers
  • Interactive Platform Provides More Immersive Learning

Learn more about the NQF Opioid Stewardship Fundamentals online course in the HealthStream webinar, Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Creating an Effective Opioid Stewardship Program.

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