AEM Education and Training (06/23/22) Walter, Lauren A.; Bunnell, Savannah; Wiesendanger, Kathryn; et al.
A recent study reviewed and summarized clinically relevant information on the implications of sex and gender in acute care for opioid use disorder (OUD) patients as an introductory subject for emergency medicine (EM) clinicians and educators. The authors evaluated current evidence-based data and publications that covered existing epidemiologic trends, opioid-based physiology and pathophysiology and OUD management and outcomes. They discuss the ramifications and recommendations for EM educators seeking insights and resources for continuing, graduate and/or undergraduate training. The researchers contend that folding emergent sex- and gender-specific scientific knowledge into clinical context is essential to effective OUD patient management in the emergency department. "Similarly, integration of this information into EM education represents an essential step for both sex- and gender-based medicine and opioid-specific training," they concluded.