The Hartford Expands Training for Medical Providers on Substance Abuse, Pain Management and Stigma
Hartford, CT (WorkersCompensation.com) – Hartford, a leading workers’ compensation and disability insurer, is expanding its partnership with the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine (Yale-PAM) to provide newly developed training about substance abuse, pain management and the stigma of more medical providers treating injured workers.
“Science and empathy are both essential to addressing the current opioid crisis, and the unique training developed through our partnership has both,” said Hartford Chairman and CEO Christopher Swift. “By partnering with an internationally recognized leader in evidence-based treatments, we are advancing stigma-free education and compassionate care to help more American workers return to active, productive lives after injury.”
David Fiellin, MD, and Jeanette Tetrault, MD, FACP, FASAM, led the Yale-PAM team that developed the original program, which helps clinicians better understand opioids and work-related injuries, identify and treating acute pain and chronic pain, and assessing substance and opioid use disorders in injured workers. Hartford’s Chief Medical Officer, Adam Seidner, MD, served as a consultant to the Yale-PAM team to ensure the program focuses on improving workers’ ability to do their jobs, preventing development of chronic pain through the appropriate management of acute pain and the possibility of a safe return to work after an accident at work.
Leveraging the new curriculum, the Yale-PAM team hosted an in-depth virtual training session for 25 clinicians in June. Participants were very satisfied with the training, saying it was “comprehensive” and “interactive”. Additionally, knowledge gain between pre- and post-knowledge assessment scores was noted among participants, who averaged 88% on post-training.
Over the coming year, the Yale-PAM team will refine and update the program based on feedback from pilot participants, conduct additional virtual and in-person training sessions, and develop train-the-trainer resources so that more instructors can deliver the training.
“We are grateful for The Hartford’s unrestricted donation to support the development of a unique new educational resource that will help address the deadly opioid crisis,” said Dr. Fiellin. “With continued support, we will reach more clinicians with the new program and help countless American workers who have suffered injuries with evidence-based treatment approaches in an effort to return to work.”
The Hartford initiated the partnership with the Yale School of Medicine following a record level of overdose deaths in the United States in 2021. To address the opioid crisis, the company also supported federal funding for programs of opioid education and treatment and has advocated for federal and state reforms, such as adopting strong drug formularies, mandatory training for physicians and providers, restrictions on unnecessary opioid prescriptions, and the improved drug monitoring programs.
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