What’s New

What’s New

AHRQ’s latest efforts to help end the opioid epidemic

AHRQ’s latest news on its efforts to help end the opioid epidemic in the United States are collected below.

Public Comment Opportunity

The AHRQ Evidence Map "Treatment for Acute Pain" is open for public comment. This evidence map provides a high-level overview of the current guidelines and systematic reviews on pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments for acute pain. The map covers several acute pain conditions including postoperative pain, dental pain, neck pain, back pain, renal colic, acute migraine, and sickle cell crisis. Submit comments until April 25.

Opioid Action Plan Final Report

The AHRQ-supported Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support Learning Network has released its final report: A Stakeholder-driven Action Plan for Improving Pain Management, Opioid Use, and Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Through Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support. Highlights of the report, developed by the Opioid Action Plan Working Group, include:

  • 19 patient-centered clinical decision support tools that support patient care for pain, opioids, and opioid use disorder.
  • 5 future scenarios that illustrate the uses of patient-centered clinical decision support for pain management and opioids.
  • 11 stakeholder groups and recommended actions for them to improve care through patient-centered clinical decision support.
  • 4 areas in which patient-centered clinical decision support implementation efforts are underway.

AHRQ Works—Building Bridges From Research to Practice

Special Emphasis Notice

AHRQ Announces Interest in Health Services Research to Address the Opioids Crisis

The purpose of this notice is to inform the research community that AHRQ is interested in receiving health services research grant applications to advance our Nation's understanding of the opioids crisis and provide solutions for addressing it.

AHRQ Views Blog Posts

New Web Based Toolkit

This online toolkit developed by an AHRQ grantee offers primary care practices a structured systems-based approach for managing their patients on chronic opioid therapy.


Implementing Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Primary Care: Environmental Scan

Implementing Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Primary Care: Environmental Scan, Volumes 1 & 2 (Volume 1 PDF [608 KB]; Volume 2 PDF [811 KB])

These volumes explore the unique factors associated with implementing MAT in rural primary care settings and the availability of tools needed to implement MAT. Volume 1 identifies significant challenges and barriers that may limit access to MAT services in rural primary care settings, including those related to workforce, stigma, logistics, financing, and policy. The report also highlights essential characteristics of effective MAT practices and identifies models of care that may help overcome challenges to implementing MAT in rural primary care settings. Volume 2 includes nearly 250 tools and resources available to providers, patients, and communities to help implement MAT in rural primary care settings. Tools are categorized by topic and address the full spectrum of needs for patients with or at risk for opioid use disorder, including prevention, training and education, treatment, and overdose

Page last reviewed April 2019
Page originally created September 2018
Internet Citation: What’s New. Content last reviewed April 2019. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/opioids/whats-new.html
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