Addiction Resources in Development for HCP's | CASAColumbia

Health care provider tools in development

Health care provider tools in development

CASAColumbia is engaged in several projects designed for physicians. Projects underway include:

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Curricula for Medical Education

Although addiction is more prevalent than heart conditions, diabetes and cancer, physicians are offered little content in addiction and risky substance use in medical school, residency or continuing medical education. CASAColumbia is developing core curricular materials for health care providers starting with undergraduate medical education and will work with medical schools and educators to help design these materials and integrate them into routine medical education.

CASAColumbia will then expand its work to address curricula, including continuing education, for other health care providers.

Workforce Needs for Addiction Medicine Specialists

In 2009, the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) estimated that 7,000 addiction medicine physicians will be needed by the year 2020, and that 5,000 new physicians must be trained in addiction medicine in order to meet this demand. However, this estimate is assumed to be low, because it was based on limited assumptions and old data. CASAColumbia, in collaboration with addiction physician specialists, is updating this estimate using a more comprehensive methodology and recent data, and plans to submit the manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal for publication.

Nearly 1/3 of all inpatient hospital costs are linked to addiction and risky substance use.

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