Manu Thakral, PhD, NP, a postdoctoral research fellow at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, recently received the Carol A. Lindeman Award for a New Researcher from the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN). The organization presented the award to Dr. Thakral at its 50th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, held April 19–22 in Denver.
At the conference, Dr. Thakral presented her paper, “Impact of Opioid Safety Initiatives in Those at High Risk for Opioid-Related Problems,” which describes results from Kaiser Permanente Washington’s opioid safety initiative. Launched in 2008, the initiative focused in part on reducing inappropriate prescribing of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain. Dr. Thakral’s analysis found that the initiative decreased the average daily opioid dose prescribed for patients, including those at high risk for opioid-related problems. Her paper is currently under review for publication.