This resource features a recording of a WIHI audio program from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, which featured Better Care Playbook faculty, including R. Corey Waller, MD, and Catherine Mather, MA.
- People with complex needs are a heterogenous group, but they share a common experience: the current health care system is not meeting their needs.
- One gap in care is for people who have substance use disorder. These individuals often wind up in emergency departments that lack a standard treatment pathway for substance use disorder.
- The field of addiction medicine has developed recommendations for a standard pathway for such patients, which includes screening, medication-assisted treatment in the health care setting, and referral to community-based follow-up care.
- Oftentimes, the barrier to health care systems adopting a standard pathway for substance abuse disorder is the stigma around the disease, rather than an absence of treatment options for patients who suffer from it.
- What do we know about people with complex needs, and what do they have in common?
- How is substance use disorder a driver of complexity?
- How are people with substance use disorder treated in the health care system, and what can health care do to better meet these patients’ health and social needs?