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Caring for Hospitalized Patients with Opioid Use Disorder


Hospitalists often encounter patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) but may lack the knowledge to assess patients with suspected OUD, manage withdrawal, initiate treatment in the hospital, or link patients to care in the outpatient setting. Hospitalists and other hospital-based clinicians require the knowledge and strategies to competently treat, fluently facilitate patient-centered conversations about treatment, and support care transition plans and safe discharges.

SHM has developed these resources to assist hospitalist-led teams in supporting the implementation of interventions to improve the care of hospitalized patients with OUD in hospital settings.

Learning materials include:

  • An implementation guide with a step-by-step approach to support the implementation of targeted strategies to improve the care of hospitalized patients with OUD
  • An educational module to assist in educating frontline staff on strategies to reduce stigma when treating patients with OUD

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI085588 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.