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HEAL Initiative: Integrated Approach to Pain and Opioid Use in Hemodialysis Patients: The Hemodialysis Opioid Prescription Effort (HOPE) Consortium - Scientific and Data Research Center (U01 Clinical Trial Required)

Pain is a common problem in Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Hemodialysis (HD) patients, but its prevalence varies widely by geography, dialysis unit, and possibly, ethnicity. Perception of pain has been linked to decreased quality of life, lack of social support, depressed mood and other mental health disorders. Chronic opioid prescription has been identified in approximately 20% of US ESRD HD patients, far higher than the rate in Medicare comparison populations. Opioid doses prescribed to HD patients exceed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. Prescription and dose level have been associated with increased hospitalizations and mortality in this population.
Interventions including behavioral modification techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral/Group Therapy and social media platforms for sharing information and enhancing social support have not been employed to reduce the rate of opioid prescription and opioid use, as well as addressing comorbid related issues such as depression, anxiety and pain in the HD population.Medical interventions such as use of naloxone and buprenorphine have not been evaluated by randomized controlled trials in HD patients who use opioids. The ESRD HD population, because of its continuous longitudinal participation in monitored treatment and the availability of data resources is an ideal population in which to launch and monitor interventions.
The Hemodialysis Opioid Prescription Effort (HOPE) Consortium, composed of a Scientific and Data Research Center (SDRC) and 5 or 6 Clinical Centers (CCs) will develop an intervention to simultaneously address the problem of pain and opioid use in US HD populations a) by initiating multipronged pain treatment tailored individually to each patient, without opioids, and b) by using buprenorphine and other novel agents to reduce dependence on opioids in affected patients.

Funding Opportunity Details

RFA-DK-18-031
NOT-AG-19-002

Paul L. Kimmel MD

Key Dates

2/27/2019

February 27, 2019

March 27, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.