• May 8, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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One of the catalysts of the opioid epidemic was an upsurge in prescriptions for opioids based on the notion that they were a safe, effective treatment for chronic pain. As the potentially deadly consequences of opioids became apparent, abrupt shifts in policy, payment and practice stranded some patients without adequate pain treatment. More systematic and integrated use of evidence might have helped prevent or at least ameliorate some of the consequences of the crisis; now this is an important part of the path forward. 

Join us for NIC’s AHRQ webinar/discussion to learn about resources for using evidence to combat the opioid crisis; about evidence syntheses on what works to manage pain and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD); and about tools to integrate the latest guidelines at the point of care. NIC plans additional webinars to examine AHRQ’s practical guides for helping healthcare systems integrate evidence relating to pain management and OUD treatment.

About the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 

The mission of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is to produce evidence to make healthcare safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable and affordable, as well as to work with government and other partners to ensure that evidence is understood and used. 

About the Presenters

Elisabeth Uphoff Kato, MD, MRP, medical officer, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Elisabeth Uphoff Kato

Elisabeth Uphoff Kato, MD, MRP, is a medical officer at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement, where she coordinates AHRQ activities related to opioids and supports the National Center for Excellence in Primary Care. She previously served as medical officer to the Evidence-based Practice Center Program and the US Preventive Services Task Force at AHRQ. Prior to joining the federal government she worked as a Senior Medical Research Analyst with Hayes Inc. Before turning to medicine, Dr. Kato worked on international development projects in Nepal, Thailand, and Cambodia. Dr. Kato received medical training at the University of Maryland and has Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Cornell University.


Roland Gamache, PhD, MBA, FAMIA, Staff Fellow, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 

Roland Gamache

Roland Gamache, PhD, MBA, FAMIA is a Staff Fellow for the Division of Digital Healthcare Research in the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. His areas of focus include the effective use of information technology that suggests interventions to improve health outcomes and to enhance operational processes and tools that improve the utilization of health data. 

Before joining AHRQ, Dr. Gamache worked as a researcher and educator at the Regenstrief Institute at Indiana University where he worked on projects that bridged public health and clinical care standards-based data sharing utilizing health information exchanges. Additionally, he focused on workforce development issues through teaching health informatics courses and developing competency centered course materials. Prior to his university work, he led a number of teams at a state health agency that included projects in public health preparedness, automation and quality improvement of data collection for public health registries, syndromic surveillance programs, and the calculation and dissemination of state health statistics. 

Suchitra Iyer, Program Officer, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 4363895837?profile=RESIZE_400x

Suchitra Iyer is a Program Officer at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement. She oversees the critical appraisal of evidence through systematic reviews of clinical and other healthcare related interventions, many of which address the treatment of pain. Prior to joining the federal government, she worked as a Medical Research Analyst with Hayes Inc. Suchitra completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine and received her doctoral degree in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland. 


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