VA ANSWERS GOVERNOR CHRISTIE'S CALL ON OPIOIDS, LAUNCHES S.T.O.P. P.A.I.N. ADVICE AND GUIDELINES
S - Stepped Care Model – Adapted from the National Institutes of Health, this model encourages a continuum of care with effective monitoring and management of the condition from onset through treatment. It incorporates self-management through participation in such groups as Narcotics or Alcoholics Anonymous; counseling; treatment programs; involvement of primary care; and other medical specialists. T - Treatment alternatives/complimentary care – Complimentary and Integrated health expands the availability of provider options beyond the use of standard care in the treatment of chronic pain. Complementary Health may include such evidence-based treatments as acupuncture, yoga, and progressive relaxation. O - Ongoing monitoring of usage, which relies on multiple tools for tracking and monitoring individual usage of and risk of opioid therapy. P - Practice Guidelines - Key Clin...