Partnering for Better Chronic Pain Management and Safer Opioid Use

To help people with disabilities and their health care providers work together to manage chronic pain, AIR experts, with funding from NIDILRR, have developed a collection of resources designed to support working with a healthcare provider to create a pain management plan, discuss ways to manage pain, and work together for safer opioid use. 

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Partnering for Better Chronic Pain Management and Safer Opioid Use: A Knowledge Hub for People With Disability and Their Providers is designed to help people with disability and their providers work together to manage chronic pain. The evidence-informed resources on the Knowledge Hub include actionable tips and tools for people and providers to:

  • Share their knowledge and experiences to create a person-centered pain management plan.
  • Weigh the benefits and risks of opioids and work together for safer opioid use.
  • Accurately identify opioid use disorder, should it occur.
  • Access and coordinate opioid use disorder treatment that considers the needs of a person with disability.
Knowledge Hub For People With Chronic Pain and Disability

Get actionable information about how to talk with your provider about your pain management needs and using opioids to manage pain, developing and adjusting a pain management plan, engaging support systems if you develop an opioid use disorder, and more.

Knowledge Hub For Providers

Get actionable information to confidently treat people with chronic pain and disability and to engage them in self-managing their pain. Resources outline practical information on a variety of topics such as tips for building trust, co-creating a chronic pain management plan, and managing difficult conversations about opioid use.

Knowledge Hub Get Materials

Access to all of the Knowledge Hub materials and links to selected, supplementary resources.

 

About the Knowledge Hub

Partnering for Better Chronic Pain Management and Safer Opioid Use: A Knowledge Hub for People With Disability and Their Providers is a set of evidence-based resources to support people with chronic pain and disabilities, as well as their healthcare providers, to better manage pain, more safely manage opioids, and learn about accessing treatment for opioid use disorder. In the Knowledge Hub, disability refers to when a person’s chronic pain and health condition reaches a level that substantially limits one or more of their activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing, and dressing. Learn more about the Knowledge Hub.

Contact us: opioids_study@air.org

The Knowledge Hub was developed under grant 90DPGE0006 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents of these resources do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, and HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.