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Paul Chelminski, MD, MPH, FACP, and director of Physician Assistant Studies, is part of a $9 million study to research the effects of cognitive behavior therapy and motivational therapy with the goal of better understanding ways to reduce the use of opioids. The study will look at the comparative effectiveness of various approaches to manage pain. It is a collaboration among RTI International, the University of North Carolina Health System, the Duke University Health System, and the Vanderbilt Health System. More than 1,000 patients from North Carolina and Tennessee will be recruited, since these areas are among the highest in the country for opioid use.

Read Chelminski’s commentary on this topic in The Washington Post and in The Chicago Tribune.