As an alternative to opioids, community clinics are treating chronic pain with multidisciplinary care, including complementary and alternative medicine.
Pain Care on a New Track: Complementary Therapies in the Safety Net (1.12 MB)
This paper presents strategies that community health centers can use to provide multidisciplinary treatment for chronic pain. As an alternative to treatment with opioids, such programs combine medical therapy, behavioral therapy, physical reconditioning, complementary and alternative medicine, and self-management education in a comprehensive approach.
Funding and resource limitations have made multidisciplinary treatment difficult to access in safety-net settings. This paper reviews strategies some community health centers are using to overcome these challenges:
Evaluation data, though limited, suggest that such multidisciplinary pain management strategies may not only improve treatment of pain but also reduce opioid reliance in safety-net clinical settings. This paper examines a variety of care and payment models used in community health centers.
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