“While medical staff necessarily must focus on addressing these acute medical needs, the underlying cause can go untreated. A new study from Oregon Health & Science University researchers, published last week in the Journal for General Internal Medicine, seeks to humanize the problem and get at the root causes.
There are a variety of reasons why these patients often don’t receive treatment for their substance use disorders when they are hospitalized, including the traditional separation between physical and mental health and gaps in the workforce, Englander said.
OHSU has been addressing the problem with a team-based approach it initiated last year. Project Impact brings together physicians, social workers, peer-recovery mentors and community addiction providers to help patients access medication-assisted therapy and connect with other treatment after discharge.”
Source: BizJournals.com – December 19, 2016