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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Improving Management of Opioids and Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults

Deadline: February 20, 2020

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) seeks applications to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate strategies to improve the management of opioid use and opioid use disorder (OUD) in older adults in primary care settings, especially in settings with large segments of socially at-risk older adults. Applicants must propose a comprehensive plan that uses evidence-based interventions and quality improvement strategies designed to improve the management of pain, opioid use, and opioid use disorder for older adults in primary care.

The goal is to fund projects that develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate strategies allowing primary care practices to optimize pain management in their older adult patients, prescribe and monitor appropriate opioid use so as to minimize adverse events and addiction risk, and identify and treat OUD. These strategies should build on evidence-based guidelines and, where possible, tested tools. AHRQ seeks applications that focus primarily on primary care, although other settings may be incorporated into the project as part of the continuum of care for patients based within a primary care setting.

Amount: Approximately $7,500,000 is available to make up to three awards ranging $833,000 per year for a period of up to three years.

Eligibility: Higher education institutions; nonprofits; governments; Native American Tribal Organizations; faith-based or community-based organizations; and regional organizations.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=323117

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