nurses week

National Nurses Week

It’s National Nurses Week! The week ends on the birthday of Florence Nightingale[1], who is considered the founder of nursing. Nightingale was also the first to advocate for “recreation” as part of hospital care[2]; this was a precursor to recreational therapy, and an early acknowledgment that health includes physical, emotional, and mental well-being. National Nurses…

Exercise

Can Exercise Play a Role in Addiction Treatment?

Addiction recovery is different for everyone. Some people find 12-step groups helpful, while others might do therapy or meditation. Often, it is a combination of several methods. However, there are practices that tend to be helpful for many of those in recovery, and exercise is one of them. Working out releases dopamine and other neurotransmitters…

OUD Healthcare

Study Evaluates Healthcare Quality for People With Opioid Use Disorder

A study published April 8th measured the quality of care that people with opioid use disorder (OUD) receive for healthcare unrelated to OUD.[1] It analyzed preventative care, chronic illness treatment, and care coordination in 79,372 insured people with OUD—and for comparison, 46,601 insured people without OUD. The study used data from OptumLabs Data Warehouse, which…