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Ochsner gets $1.6M for chronic pain management study.

Byline: CityBusiness staff reports

Ochsner Heath System has been awarded $1.6 million to further study how to help patients manage chronic pain while mitigating the risk of opioid abuse.

The grant from the National Institutes of Health, to be used over a four-year period, aims to build on Ochsner's work on the issue and help south Louisiana providers safely manage non-cancer related chronic pain in primary care settings.

Louisiana is in the top 10 states for both the highest opioid prescribing rates and cause of death associated with opioids, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

The research study will "more closely examine the evolving role of technology, care team optimization and opioid prescribing behaviors," a news release said. Ochsner clinicians expect the data to help improve clinical outcomes for patients as well as the model for how care is delivered.

The project is funded by grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and is being conducted in collaboration with Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Harvard Medical School.

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Publication:New Orleans CityBusiness
Date:Oct 4, 2018
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