The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative services for people facing serious illness. CAPC provides peer-reviewed, evidence-based summaries of key palliative care topics, termed “Fast Facts”. Two recently released Fast Facts that focus on Opioids and substance abuse disorder are excellent resources for hospice clinicians. Fast Facts #311 (Opioids/Chronic Pain Substance Abuse Disorder #1) and #312 (Opioids/Chronic Pain Substance Abuse Disorder #2) discuss the assessment and initiation of opioid therapy in patients with a history of a substance use disorder (SUD) and highlight expert suggested strategies for opioid monitoring in this population.
Link to Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin (PC NOW): Palliative Care Fast Facts and Concepts article abstract (May 3, 2016)