Integrated Care for Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder: The IMPOWR Research Center at Montefiore/Einstein (IMPOWR-ME)

  • Starrels, Joanna J.L (PI)
  • Arnsten, Julia (CoPI)
  • Gabbay, Vilma (CoPI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


PROJECT NARRATIVE The proposed IMPOWR Research Center at Montefiore-Einstein (IMPOWR-ME) will create a multidisciplinary and synergistic program of research to test multimodal treatments that address both chronic pain and opioid use disorder. IMPOWR-ME will generate critical knowledge about the effectiveness, implementation, and cost- effectiveness of providing onsite yoga classes or physical therapy in methadone treatment programs, providing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and/or a care management smartphone app for individuals in primary care-based buprenorphine treatment, and choosing microdosing or standard buprenorphine induction for hospitalized patients with chronic pain and opioid use disorder or opioid misuse. Patients with lived experience with chronic pain and/or opioid use disorder, patient and policy advocates, payors, and health system partners will be engaged in all stages of the research. IMPOWR-ME is well-positioned to become a long-lasting hub for stakeholder-engaged research with multidisciplinary senior and early stage investigators focused on reducing overdose through better treatments for OUD and CP.
Effective start/end date9/30/217/31/24


  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: $5,132,814.00
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: $2,428,171.00


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