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Target Opioid Stewardship Training by Expertise Level and Learner Needs

May 14, 2021
May 14, 2021

Education, both for the public and for clinicians, continues to play a central role in combatting the national opioid crisis. The spiraling nature of the epidemic also means that experts from across the healthcare continuum must join forces to reach as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. That sense of urgency is why HealthStream and the National Quality Forum (NQF) have partnered to create the NQF Opioid Stewardship Fundamentals online training course, an educational series that follows the seven fundamental actions of the National Quality Partners (NQP) Playbook: Opioid Stewardship.

This Blog post is the fourth of five that excerpts the HealthStream article, HealthStream, National Quality Forum Partner to Combat the Opioid Crisis, which describes our partnership with NQF to provide learning courseware for healthcare professionals that is aimed squarely at addressing the opioid crisis.

Levels of Opioid Stewardship Coursework Ensure Wider Engagement across Providers

In addition to incorporating strategies for varying levels of expertise, the course is also divided into modules that are targeted to the specific needs of two main cohorts:

  • Organizational level: Courses for administrators, leaders, or quality improvement specialists, or those who allocate resources to them.
  • Direct-care level: Clinicians, from doctors and nurses to physical therapists, pain management specialists, assistants, technicians, and anyone else on a patient care team.

“We feel like there’s real value in all of those diverse groups being engaged in an opioid stewardship program and being able to benefit from a lot of the strategies included in the playbook and the training modules,” says Kathleen Giblin, RN, Senior Vice President of Quality Innovation at the NQF. “They must all be able to work together. The opioid crisis is really big. This brings it down into true implementation steps to get a stewardship program off the ground and drive progress.”

That means providing clear guidance for organizations on concrete steps and strategies they can take to improve opioid prescribing practices, such as ensuring pain-management practices align with best practices in the field and that organization and clinician alike feel empowered to do their part to help solve the epidemic.

Other installments in this blog post series include:

  • A Healthcare Education Solution Focused on the Opioid Crisis
  • Deliberative Process Yields Practical Guide
  • HealthStream-NQF Partnership Puts Tools into More Hands
  • Interactive Platform Provides More Immersive Learning

Learn more about the NQF Opioid Stewardship Fundamentals online course in the HealthStream webinar, Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Creating an Effective Opioid Stewardship Program.