DURHAM, N.C., March 23, 2018 (Newswire.com) - The American Society of Addiction Medicine estimates more than 2.5 million Americans suffer from opioid use disorder (OUD). The president of the United States declared OUD a public health emergency. Pro-ficiency announces a free interactive online program, provided by Med-IQ and powered by ProPatient in partnership with healtheo360, with special content advisement from Advocates for Opioid Recovery, to educate individuals on recognizing OUD, talking with loved ones about it, and understanding available evidence-based treatment options. The program is designed to empower and encourage those living with OUD to be active participants in their own care.
“It is rare to find a single person who is not affected by the addiction crisis in America,” says JoAnne Schaberick, co-founder of Pro-ficiency. JoAnne continues, “It is a true health epidemic, and we need to treat it as such. Knowledge is power in this fight, and our goal is to help those battling addiction, as well as their loved ones, see that there is hope.”
Recognizing and Recovering From Opioid Use Disorder: Keys for Success for Patients and Families allows users to select and view short videos on a variety of OUD-related topics, in a “choose your own adventure” approach, including the signs and symptoms of OUD, approaches to treatment, and helpful tips on communicating effectively with healthcare providers and family members.
“Only 20 percent of people living with OUD receive any kind of specialty treatment. Patient education, especially education that includes information about medication-assisted recovery, is essential to ensuring that people are not only getting the help they need, but also know whether or not they are getting the highest standard of care,” said Anne Woodbury, Executive Director of Advocates for Opioid Recovery.
“The effects of opioid dependence and addiction are far-reaching, dramatically affecting the lives of individuals with OUD, as well as their loved ones. This program will help individuals with or at risk of OUD get the support and resources they need for a successful recovery. We are excited to be working with Advocates for Opioid Recovery and Pro-ficiency to bring this program to all individuals affected by the opioid epidemic,” says Allison Gardner, Vice President of Educational Strategy Content at Med-IQ.
This free program can be accessed at propatient.com/oud.
Pro-ficiency is a leading provider of online training technology for clinical trials and patient and physician education. The Pro-ficiency platforms utilize real-world simulation scenarios to educate clinicians and empower patients as well as their caregivers. ProPatient, a product of Pro-ficiency, is patient-focused, providing online education to patients and caregivers. ProPatient utilizes interactive video and simulation, providing the opportunity to ask questions of a virtual clinician and role-play different scenarios to improve knowledge and skills. Visit pro-ficiency.com to learn more.
Med-IQ is a leading provider of clinical and risk management education, consulting services, and quality improvement solutions, empowering people at every level of the healthcare delivery system with the knowledge they need to continuously improve provider performance and patient outcomes. Med-IQ has educated more than 450,000 healthcare providers and has positively influenced more than 4 million lives. For more information, visit med-iq.com.
About Advocates for Opioid Recovery
Advocates for Opioid Recovery is working to advance an evidence-based treatment system that can reduce death and suffering from opioid addiction. Our goal is to produce more long-term opioid addiction survivors who are positively engaged in their families and communities. AOR’s unique alliance of committed, bipartisan leaders leverage both their policy knowledge and influence to change the conversation, shape the solutions, and ultimately break down barriers to evidence-based treatment. For more information, visit opioidrecovery.org.
healtheo360 is an online Caring Community where patients living with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer disease, and many others, come to find support, encouragement, and information. The healtheo360 community includes not only patients but also their caregivers, family members, and friends who are seeking support. healtheo360 services include peer counseling, support groups, educational information, and access to hundreds of stories and video testimonials posted by members. Membership is free. To learn more, visit healtheo360.com.