Publication date: Dec 01, 2019
Women are being disproportionately affected by the opioid crisis, including during pregnancy. Pain and other vulnerabilities to addiction differ between men and women. Management of opioid use disorder should be gender informed and accessible across the lifespan. During pregnancy, care teams should be multidisciplinary to include obstetrics, addiction, social work, anesthesia, pediatrics, and behavioral health. Pain management for women with opioid use disorder requires tailored approaches, including integration of trauma-informed care and addressing psychosocial needs. Thus, coordinated continued care by obstetric and addiction providers through pregnancy into postpartum is key to supporting women in recovery.
Martin, C.E., Terplan, M., and Krans, E.E. Pain, Opioids, and Pregnancy: Historical Context and Medical Management. 04285. 2019 Clin Perinatol (46):4.
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