Role of Screening Questionnaires in Reducing the Risk of Opioid Abuse




Jacob, Sera
Hill, David
Gibson, John
Hadley, Lesca


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Purpose An epidemic that is a growing concern, especially to health care providers, is the opioid epidemic in America. Opioid abuse is an issue that is affecting medical care all over the country, in urban and rural areas. It has been starting right in family medicine clinics, where it is daily goes by uncaught. Will the increased use of screening questionnaires reduce the risk of opioid misuse in adults ages 18 and older? Methods Patients were asked to anonymously complete an Opioid Assessment for Patients with Pain-Revised (SOAPP-R) worksheet. Patients were first asked permission and then they were free to complete the worksheet anonymously. A data table was kept updated with the amount of responses received. Results The results showed that after four weeks of data collection, 11 patients were screened out of 40 patients who were seen for opioid medication refills. Enhancement results were calculated to be 27.5% people screened for opioid abuse compared to prior to enhancement results which was 0% of people screened. Out of the 11 screening questionnaires, 2 people showed an increased risk of opioid misuse. Conclusions This project showed how many patients could be adequately screened for opioid misuse in a family medicine clinic in a rural town. I learned the benefits of how to conduct a quality improvement project. Next steps for the project would be that the clinic would conduct screenings periodically for patients to minizine opioid risk.