Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby deliver remarks during the briefing.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and Anthem cohosted a briefing on the need for evidence-based strategies to address America’s opioid epidemic.

Guided by patients, caregivers, and other stakeholders, PCORI funds research designed to provide patients, their families, and clinicians with the information needed to make better-informed choices about their healthcare options.

The briefing discussed the importance and need for comparative effectiveness research to support evidence-based practices to address the opioid epidemic. While there are therapeutic alternatives to opioids in managing chronic pain, there is a lack of research on long-term outcomes for these alternatives—as is the case with opioids.

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Meeting Agenda and Speakers

In this video, Dr. Krebs shares some of the challenges she and her colleagues face when treating patients who take opioids in high doses for chronic pain.
  • Agenda
  • Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
  • Joe Selby, MD, MPH
    Executive Director, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • Sherry Dubester, MD, MS
    Vice President, Behavioral Health and Clinical Programs, Anthem
  • Erin Krebs, MD, MPH
    Core Investigator, Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research
    Medical Director at the Women Veterans Comprehensive Health Center Principal Investigator, PCORI-funded project
  • Stephanie Taylor, PhD, MPH
    Associate Director, Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy
    Department of Veterans Affairs’ Health Services Research and Development Service
  • Christin Veasley
    Cofounder and Director, Chronic Pain Research Alliance

This event was open to the public and it was in-person attendance only. For questions about the briefing or PCORI’s work on chronic pain management, please contact Josh Krantz: (202) 827-7730, [email protected]