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Academic Detailing Used as Innovative Strategy to Tackle Opioid Crisis

CHDI's Vice President for Health Initiatives Lisa Honigfeld co-authored an article in the May issue of Connecticut Medicine, the peer-reviewed scientific journal of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS).

The article, "Regional Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Education Increases Provider Knowledge," highlights innovative strategies that Connecticut's medical community is implementing to tackle the opioid crisis, including trainings modeled after CHDI's Educating Practices program which uses academic detailing to bring about practice change in pediatrics. 

The article reviews a statewide, multi-stakeholder project, the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Comprehensive Education and Needs Training (NASCENT), designed to respond to neonatal abstinence syndrome. Results demonstrated that a multifaceted, regional approach to education is an effective strategy for creating awareness of the problem, knowledge of solutions, and encouraging practice change. NASCENT demonstrated large improvements in both general and clinical knowledge across the three training program modules in its initial roll-out in north-central Connecticut. 

A key component of the NASCENT project included outreach to physician offices and FQHCs to support them in adoption of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2016 Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. Connecticut Healthcare Research and Education Foundation contracted with CHDI, to develop a training modeled after CHDI's Educating Practices program, which uses academic detailing. In collaboration with the UConn School of Nursing, CHDI developed an educational module for physician office practices and FQHCs that addressed best practices in opioid prescribing and maintained data on practice’s interest in, and barriers to, implementing change as outlined in the module. 

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