Rethinking Education on Substance Use Through Inter-professional Education and Rural Community Training (RESPECT)

Thursday, August 6, 2020, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm EDT
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Background: An urgent need exists to improve care for patients who seek opioids for chronic pain relief. Targeting education towards diverse interprofessional health care teams is one approach to ensure all team members communicate effectively and understand evidence-based options for patients at risk for opioid use disorder. The purpose of this session is to (1) share outcomes from an interprofessional education (IPE) program that focuses on collaboration when treating patients with chronic pain who use opioids and/or may be experiencing opioid use disorder (OUD)

(2) discuss how we successfully pivoted from in-person trainings to using an online format to create a virtual, interactive session using a video-recorded standardized patient.

Description: The initial Interprofessional Opioid Education Curriculum (IPOC) was designed to train interprofessional teams of medical, nursing, pharmacy, and social work students. IPOC materials were later adapted for implementation with clinic-based teams in rural and underserved areas. The IPOC addresses roles and responsibilities, stigmatizing language, patient assessment strategies and holistic approaches for treating chronic pain. It is an “out of the box” program freely available for use in academic settings (

In 2019, an in-person training was piloted with 301 students. The program was then adapted for clinic use with interprofessional teams from 17 federally qualified health clinics (FQHC’s) and one rural primary practice. In 2020, the program was reformatted to an all virtual experience for 260 health professional students. Following the virtual training, 76% of students reported their “team’s ability to interact through Zoom videoconference technology” was either excellent or good. Interestingly, students reported their learning during the IPE training was improved or minimally impacted in comparison to past IPE experiences with 43% stating it was “much more effective” or “somewhat more effective” than previous in-person IPE activities. In this session, participants will be introduced to IPOC materials (patient cases, video vignettes, standardized patient scripts, facilitator guide, power point slides, careplanning worksheet, and evaluation survey), engage in two of the IPOC facilitated exercises, and discuss the benefits and challenges of offering in-person versus virtual trainings.

Participants will be able to:

1. Describe the roles and responsibilities of the healthcare team and how they work together to provide team-based care to patients using opioids.

2. Express one’s knowledge and opinions to healthcare team members with confidence, and respect, working to ensure common understanding of information, treatment, and care decisions.

3. Know how to access all IPOC materials to implement the virtual opioid education session.

Using Zoom for large group instruction, breakout rooms for interprofessional care-team discussions, and the chat function to ask questions and share resources, participants will experience how a virtual interactive session using video-recordings of a standardized patient can enhance patientcentered collaboration.


Introduction: Development and implementation strategies for the IPOC 15 minutes

Practice: facilitated IPOC activities 25 minutes

Debrief: 10 minutes

Question and answer: 10 minutes

Funded provided by Prevention for States #5 NU17CE002734 and HRSA #T0BHP33106