University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

Volume 116, Issue 2

June 2017

Opioid Use and Abuse: Changing Practices to Address the Public Health Crisis

Opioid abuse is a major concern in the United States. From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people in the United States died of opioid-related overdose, and in 2013 alone, an estimated 1.9 million people abused or were dependent on prescription opioid medication. In this issue of WMJ, authors explore ways to address the problem as it connects to the practice of medicine.

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Letter to the Editor
How Physicians Can Save 56 Hours Per Year
Philip A. Bain, MD

In This Issue
An Epidemic, a Scourge, or a Plague
John J. Frey III, MD


The National Opioid Epidemic: Local, State, and National Responses
Joel M. Prince, MD; William B. Seiden, MD, FACP

Opioid Use for Treatment of Chronic Pain: An Overview and Treatment Guideline for Injured Workers
Sridhar V. Vasudevan, MD, for The Health Care Advisory Committee of the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Division, Department of Workforce Development


The Use of a Statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring Program by Emergency Department Physicians
Jennifer L. Hernandez-Meier, PhD, MSW; Rachel Muscott, MD; Amy Zosel, MD, MSCS

Genetics and Genomics in Clinical Practice: The Views of Wisconsin Physicians
Michael P. McCauley, PhD; Rebecca K. Marcus, MD; Kimberly A. Strong, PhD; Alexis M. Visotcky, MS; Mary E. Shimoyama, PhD; Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD


Implementing Population Medicine in a Pain Management Practice
Barbara Koschak, DNP; David A. Bryce, MD; J. Timothy Harrington, MD

Hand Hygiene Among Health Care Workers: Is Educating Patients and Families a Feasible Way to Increase Rates?
Marvin J. Bittner, MD; Jared M. Routh, MD; Matthew D. Folchert, MD; Nicholas E. Woessner; Sean J. Kennedy, BS; Chase C. Parks, BS


Atrioesophageal Fistula: A Rare Complication of Radiofrequency Ablation
Inbar Saporta, MD; Adithya Chennamadhavuni, MD; Michael J. Dolan, MD

A Case of Atypical Synovitis-Acne-Pustulosis-Hyperostosis-Osteitis (SAPHO) Syndrome Presenting with Osteomyelitis of the Clavicle
Chetan Sharma, MD; Brian Chow, MD


Looking Back…to 1967
Practical Psychology
D.N. Goldstein, MD

Wisconsin Medical Society Update
Working to Address the Opioid Crisis
George “Chip” Morris, MD, FAAN

Dean’s Corner
Transforming Medical Education
Joseph E. Kerschner, MD

MetaStar Matters
Understanding the Medicare Quality Payment Program
Christopher Becker, CPHIMS, CPHIT; Jay A. Gold, MD, JD, MPH

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