Beaumont Health, the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care and PFCCpartners Issue White Paper on Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Friday, November 30, 2018

More than 80 stakeholders participate in summit to identify opportunities for partnership

Beaumont Health announces the release of a new White Paper on partnerships to address the opioid epidemic, authored by the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC) and PFCCpartners, with leadership support from Beaumont.

“Building on its commitment to be the national leader for patient- and family-centered care, Beaumont was pleased to participate in the convening of this national summit to set an agenda for partnerships in addressing the opioid crisis,” Beaumont Health President and CEO John Fox said.

The misuse of and addiction to opioids is a public health issue with devastating consequences for individuals, families and communities. Across the United States and internationally, health care organizations, social service providers, insurers, government agencies and other stakeholders are grappling with how to address the opioid epidemic.

To date, there has been a lack of significant and structured partnerships with patients and families - including individuals with lived experience with opioids - to develop national, regional, state, local and organizational responses. As a result, policies and programs are moving forward without contributions from the people directly impacted.

The White Paper, Partnering with Patients and Families to Strengthen Approaches to the Opioid Epidemic, describes key partnership principles; highlights current examples of partnerships at the national, state, community and organizational levels; and outlines six specific recommendations that support progress toward greater collaboration with patients and families in developing, implementing, evaluating and disseminating solutions to the opioid epidemic.

“As we grapple with how to best address the opioid epidemic, one of the most powerful - and under-utilized - resources is the development of partnerships with patients and families, including individuals with lived experience,” IPFCC President & CEO Bev Johnson said.

The White Paper draws on input from more than 80 individuals who participated in the Patient and Family Advisor (PFA) Summit on the Opioid Epidemic, an event held by IPFCC and PFCCpartners with leadership support from Beaumont Health.

IPFCC’s website contains resources and examples of partnership best practices to elicit and respond to the needs and priorities of patients and families to address the opioid epidemic. It also includes videos of national experts and individuals with direct experience discussing lessons learned from their work.

IPFCC welcomes the submission of other resources and examples of partnership to institute@ipfcc.org.