*UPDATE* Funding announcement: Improving Management of Opioids and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in Older Adults (R18)


A Technical Assistance call will be held on January 21, 2020 from 1 to 2pm EST.  To register to participate in the conference call, please send an e-mail request to Elisabeth.Kato@ahrq.hhs.gov by January 16, 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, misuse, and opioid use disorder (OUD) in older adults in primary care settings, especially in settings with large segments of socially at-risk older adults. The United States is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid crisis that is affecting people from all walks of life. Regulators and policy makers have initiated many activities to curb the crisis, but relatively little attention has been paid to the growing toll of opioid use, opioid misuse, and OUD in older adults. Between 2010 and 2015, the rate of opioid-related inpatient stays and Emergency Department (ED) visits increased for people 65 years old or older by 34% and 74% respectively. This includes older adults who experienced common side effects from opioids such as constipation, confusion, nausea, falls, etc., as well as overdoses.

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. For more information, please see RFA-HS-20-001 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HS-20-001.html ) Applications are due by February 20, 2020 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.