Every March we celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week, a time to raise awareness about the importance of patient safety — and a great opportunity to share strategies that health professionals can use to protect their patients.
Pathways to Safer Opioid Use is an interactive training that ODPHP developed for health care professionals, public health professionals, and students. It includes guidance and strategies for protecting patients managing chronic pain from opioid-related adverse drug events. The strategies outlined in the training are based on recommendations from the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan).
Since 2015, ODPHP has partnered with the American Public Health Association (APHA) to promote Pathways and offer continuing education credit to users. Additionally, APHA is currently leading an evaluation of the training. ODPHP plans to use the evaluation results to understand what’s working about Pathways — and to identify ways to improve it.
In honor of Patient Safety Awareness Week, ODPHP and APHA hosted a Twitter interview about the training and evaluation efforts. The interview covered topics like Pathway’s development, the evaluation process, and why the strategies in the training are so important for health professionals today.
Missed the chat? No problem! Check out a recap of the conversation below. And if you’ve taken the Pathways training and are interested in sharing your feedback, please register for the evaluation.
Q1: What is the Pathways to Safer Opioid Use training and what makes it different from other opioid safety trainings for health professionals? #P2SaferOpioidUse
A1: The format of the training is what makes it unique. Users experience learning through an interactive, video-based platform - you can even choose different roles based on your profession! #P2SaferOpioidUse #PSAW18
Q2: How and why did ODPHP develop Pathways to Safer Opioid Use? #P2SaferOpioidUse
A2: We also did an environmental scan in 2014 and identified a need for trainings that focus on shared decision-making and use a multidisciplinary approach to pain management. #P2SaferOpioidUse #PSAW18
Key Learning Objectives
Q3: Who will benefit from taking the Pathways training? What skills will users learn? #P2SaferOpioidUse
A3: The training is intended for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, public health professionals, and students in health-related fields - but anyone with an interest in #opioid safety can take it! #P2SaferOpioidUse #PSAW18
A3: This training models a team-based approach for #ChronicPain treatment - and demonstrates how to use principles from the Health Literate Care Model and the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain management. #P2SaferOpioidUse #PSAW18
APHA is happy to be offering CME credits for the training. #P2SaferOpioidUse
Q4: Why is it important to have participants evaluate the training? What is the evaluation process? #P2SaferOpioidUse
A4: Our goal is to identify ways we can improve Pathways - and to highlight the parts that are already working well. Read more on our blog: https://health.gov/news/blog/2018/01/evaluating-pathways-safer-opioid-use-online-training… #P2SaferOpioidUse #PSAW18
We want to hear from you! Participate in the evaluation. #P2SaferOpioidUse
The Importance of Pathways and Other Opioid-Related Trainings
Q5: Why is opioid safety such an important training topic for health professionals right now? #P2SaferOpioidUse