Tuesday, 10 April 2018 20:13

Getting acupuncture accepted in Vermont’s Medicaid programme: an evaluation for chronic pain - Robert Davis

Results from the “Acupuncture for chronic pain in the Vermont Medicaid population” trial will be presented in the context of events that preceded and followed from the trial. Emphasis will be placed on strategies that may help attendees to participate more effectively in the complex world of healthcare policy decision making. The story begins with the US opioid crisis and brings together a diverse set of stakeholders, including state legislators, local health care and insurance officials, the medical community, the local Licensed Acupuncturist workforce, and a population of underserved patients on public assistance who suffer from chronic pain. The format will provide attendees with a deeper context and insight into the unique challenges, constraints and rewards of working in a pragmatic, policy-oriented and politicized research environment.

The published paper is here: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2164956118769557