Beliefs about OUD treatment challenged

Posted On: November 30, 2018 Posted By: CIPC, Dan Mullin, Steve Martin, MD, EdM Tags: Buprenorphine, CIPC, Medication-Assisted Treatment for OUD, Opioid Epidemic, Primary Care, Suboxone

Notes saying, "Limiting Beliefs Are Not Facts"

Might common and widespread practices surrounding Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) actually be harming patients? Steve Martin, MD, EdM, is lead author on a paper recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine that examines the evidence.  The findings in the article will form the backbone of a course that will be given to all Massachusetts medical school students.  UMass CIPC is leading the team that will build this critical training.

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Be it Spiritual or Secular, Finding Your Sanctuary

Posted On: October 29, 2018 Posted By: Christine Runyan Tags: Clinician Burnout, Empathy, Sanctuary, Stress, Unplugging, Wellness

Clouds and Rocks at Hermit Island, Maine

Tina Runyan often posts on this blog about wellness and clinician burnout.  This post was prompted by the shootings in the Pittsburgh synagogue.  Read her comments about the concept and reality of sanctuary by clicking on the post title. 

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New Faculty Member Leads with MBSR and Integrative Medical Group Visits

Posted On: October 26, 2018 Posted By: Dr. Paula Gardiner Tags: CIPC, Family Medicine, Integrative Medicine, MBSR, Medical Group Visits, meditation, Practice Improvement, Primary Care, Primary Care Behavioral Health

Group of patients tallking

New CIPC faculty member, Dr. Paula Gardinar is an advocate of Integrative Medical Group Visits (IMGV).

Seeing patients and families as a group is not new to behavioral health professionals, but it is a more novel approach when the issue being addressed is medical rather than behavioral or a combination of both. 

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Making Skillful Choices About Stress

Posted On: September 24, 2018 Posted By: Christine Runyan Tags: Physician Burnout, Stress, Wellness

The word "Stress" in red with pencil breaking

Stress is universal and a part of our everyday lives.  Is all stress harmful? Can we learn to accommodate stress and make more skillful choices about how we respond to this inevitable part of our lives?  

Read what Dr. Runyan wrote to our family medician residents by clicking on the title.

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Buprenorphine Myths and Realities

Posted On: August 15, 2018 Posted By: Dan Mullin Tags: CIPC, Family Medicine, Medication-Assisted Treatment for OUD, Opioid Epidemic, Primary Care

Buprenorphine Treatment in Primary Care trending up

The opioid epidemic inflicts significant human and economic damage in the United States. A July article in the New England Journal of Medicine by Drs. Sarah Wakeman and Michael Barnett provides a helpful summary of the myths and realities associated with buprenorphine (Suboxone) and the opioid epidemic.

The UMass Center for Integrated Primary Care continues to play an active role in training primary care teams to respond to the needs of patients with Opioid Use Disorder.

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Recognizing Impermanence

Posted On: July 12, 2018 Posted By: Christine Runyan Tags: CIPC, Dr. Christine Runyan, Impermanence, meditation, Wellness

The word impermanence written on a sandy beach

We all know this word – the property of not lasting or enduring for an indefinite period of time. But what does that really mean with regards to mindfulness and our experiences?

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Reflecting on the MITI Highway

Posted On: July 02, 2018 Posted By: Ali Hall Tags: Empathy, MITI, Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change

Reflection of the word CHANGE

In the second part of this two-part post, Motivational Interviewing teacher and coach, Ali Hall reflects on how to listen more deeply to those who are struggling to change their behaviors.

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Taking the MITI Highway to Enhance MI Skill Development

Posted On: June 26, 2018 Posted By: Ali Hall Tags: CIPC, Empathy, MITI, Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change

Chance to Change

There is an internationally recognized tool for measuring the effectiveness of a clinical encounter using Motivational Interviewing and it is called the MITI (Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity).  In this post, Ali Hall, who acts as MI coach in our MI Certificate course reflects on one of the first times she used the MITI--on a patient conversation she herself had with a chronic smoker.

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Smell the Roses--Unplug

Posted On: June 19, 2018 Posted By: Christine Runyan Tags: Dr. Christine Runyan, Family Medicine, Physician Burnout, Practice Improvement, Primary Care, Technology, Unplugging, Wellness

Smart tech

What you think might be fostering connections to others may actually be amplifying your own critical voice or taking you out of the present moment, hijacking your attention away from your physical company.

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The Case for Scribes in Primary Care: A Reflection

Posted On: May 30, 2018 Posted By: Ginny Van Duyne Tags: Family Medicine, Medical Scribes, Wellness

Closeup of female doctor holding patient hand

The Case for Scribes: Reinvigorating the curiosity of a talented family physician.

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Motivational Interviewing and Weight Loss

Posted On: May 22, 2018 Posted By: Dan Mullin, Ellen Endter Tags: CIPC, Motivational Interviewing, Obesity, Primary Care, Primary Care Behavioral Health, Weight Management

It is logical to ask if Motivational Interviewing can be an effective intervention for patients struggling with issues of weight and obesity.  As with any chronic health condition, MI can be helpful, but it is not a cure.  The question to ask is, “What is the target?”

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Obesity in Primary Care - Part 1

Posted On: May 17, 2018 Posted By: Dan Mullin, Ellen Endter Tags: Family Medicine, Obesity, Practice Improvement, Primary Care, Primary Care Behavioral Health, Weight Management, Wellness

Primary care is an appropriate setting for managing many chronic conditions.  Its longitudinal practice of medicine may seem ideal to handle this intractable issue.  But modern PC practices are also fast-paced and mostly limited to brief encounters.  Obesity cannot be cured in a fifteen-minute consult.  

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Opioid Addiction Treatment Project Success

Posted On: April 17, 2018 Posted By: James Anderson Tags: Medication-Assisted Treatment for OUD, Opioid Epidemic, Practice Improvement, Primary Care Behavioral Health

Hands holding pills'

Opioid addiction is a national epidemic.  Effective treatment options exist but are challenging to access, especially for patients who live in remote, rural areas. There is a long history of separation of treatment of addiction and medicine and a disconnect between primary care and treatment for opioid addiction.  Our project has brought evidence-based treatment to a population in great need.  

UMass CIPC recently partnered with an Accountable Care Organization in rural New York, Bassett Healthcare Network, to expand their provision of Medication Assisted Treatment. Our work together began in January of 2017 and was primarily delivered via video conferencing.  This post was written by James Andersen, PhD a former behavioral health fellow at UMMS and a key partner in this collaboration.

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Modeling Self-Care

Posted On: April 10, 2018 Posted By: CIPC, Dan Mullin Tags: Care Teams, Family Medicine, Physician Burnout, Practice Improvement, Primary Care Behavioral Health, Wellness

Van Gogh StarryNightSelf-care and mindfulness techniques help patients cope with lives that leave them exhausted and burnt out. 

PCPs might model that self-care in their own struggles to stay afloat in a punishing healthcare system.

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Restructuring Care vs Personal Resilience?

Posted On: April 03, 2018 Posted By: Christine Runyan, CIPC Tags: Care Teams, CIPC, Family Medicine, Medical Scribes, Physician Burnout, Practice Improvement, Wellness

VanGogh Wheatfield with Crows


This is Part 2 of a 3-part blog on physician burnout.

Medicine boasts a “find it and fix it” (ideally as quickly and as painlessly as possible) mentality. However, changing and fixing systems is as, if not more, complicated than human beings and when things are going wrong, rarely is it one specific fix that can address all the issues. 

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