The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)'s Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness will host a public workshop, Pain and Symptom Management for People with Serious Illness in the Context of the Opioid Epidemic.
The workshop aims to explore the tension between efforts to address the opioid epidemic and the resulting impact on access to pain medications for people facing serious illness. The workshop will examine the unintended consequences of the responses to the opioid epidemic for patients, families, communities, and clinicians, and consider potential policy opportunities to address them.
The workshop's five sessions will focus on the scope and severity of the opioid epidemic, access to opioid medications for people with serious illness, the needs of those with both substance abuse disorder and serious illness, policy and regulatory responses to the epidemic, and identifying solutions.
The meeting is open to the public. Members of the public must register online to attend in-person. A live webcast option will also be available on the workshop's webpage. More information on the workshop, including a full agenda, is available online.