We’re featuring a snapshot from an academic detailing visit with Reem El-ankar, MPH, an academic detailer and health educator at the Florida Department of Health in Broward County.
by Anna Morgan, MPH, RN, PMP, NaRCAD Program Manager
Tags: Substance Use, Stigma, Detailing Visits
Hi Reem! Can you tell us about a time that you felt like you made an impact during an academic detailing visit?
I’ve experienced countless rewarding moments as an academic detailer working to educate healthcare providers.
One particular visit instilled a strong sense of satisfaction and pride in me. I was detailing a primary care clinician who manages several chronically ill patients. He was aware of the CDC guidelines and statistics on the opioid crisis. Because the clinician was well-versed in this area, it was challenging to serve as an educator. I walked through the key messages with him, and we made progress.
We hit a roadblock when we started discussing the topic of co-prescribing naloxone with opioids. He expressed a concern that co-prescribing naloxone could encourage patient overuse of prescription opioids; he believed that naloxone should only be used as a safety net for individuals diagnosed with substance use disorder.
I reviewed the evidence with him, showing him that co-prescribing naloxone can save lives for all patients using opioids. After I provided the CDC data and studies that describe the benefits of co-prescribing naloxone, the clinician was more receptive to the information I was presenting.
At the conclusion of the detailing visit, I reminded him that saving one life with naloxone was worth the effort, and that his primary mission is to save lives. After that he smiled and said, “Okay, you got me.” I asked him if he could commit to co-prescribing naloxone to just one patient, and his response was, “Due to your clear passion for this national crisis, I will prescribe much more than just one.” This experience taught me that my passion coupled with data and statistics has the potential to impact lives.
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Biography. Reem El-ankar is an academic detailer, health and community educator, and public health professional. She holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical science from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and a master’s degree in the public health from Purdue University Global - Indiana, US.
Before joining the department of health, she worked in the private and the non -profit sectors as a pharmaceutical representative (Kuwait), and a community outreach and a HRSA grant coordinator, respectively.
During her internships with the American Red Cross and the local department of emergency managements, she worked in community preparedness and emergency response field on the national and international levels.
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