Training HIV Physicians to Prescribe Buprenorphine for Opioid Dependence

Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 6520-8025, USA.
Substance Abuse (Impact Factor: 2.1). 10/2006; 27(3):13-8. DOI: 10.1300/J465v27n03_03
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Few HIV physicians are trained to provide buprenorphine treatment. We conducted a cross-sectional survey to assess the impact of an eight-hour course on the treatment of opioid dependence on HIV physicians' preparedness to prescribe buprenorphine. 113 of 257 trained physicians (44%) provided HIV care. Post-course, the majority of both HIV physicians and non-HIV physicians (66% vs. 67%, P = .8) planned to pursue a registration to prescribe buprenorphine. The most common reason for not planning to do so was lack of experience (9% vs. 15%, P = .19). 52 of the 113 (46%) HIV physicians had concerns about prescribing buprenorphine. 30 of the 52 (58%) indicated that interactions between buprenorphine and HAART was their primary concern. Following training, most physicians feel prepared and plan to obtain a registration to prescribe buprenorphine. HIV physicians' concerns regarding interactions between buprenorphine and HAART need to be addressed in future training efforts.

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    • "Although conclusions drawn from these data must be tempered because of the small sample size and potential for selection bias, these findings can help guide the delivery of health care to opioid-dependent HIV-infected individuals. These results add to the one other published study of integrated HIV and buprenorphine treatment that demonstrated that this model of integration is associated with decreased substance use, HIV, and health care utilization outcomes (Sullivan, Barry et al., 2006). Our findings are also consistent with other research previously described that demonstrated that integration of HIV and drug user treatment, in general, is an important strategy that can improve targeted treatment outcomes among HIV-infected drug users. "
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    • "Program Development The development of the PCSS-B occurred according to established criteria in medical education and curriculum development.32 Needs analyses came from surveys conducted during early physician trainings28,31,33,34 and evaluations of clinical experience using buprenorphine.18 These surveys, conducted nationally on over 2,000 physicians, demonstrated that a substantial proportion of physicians receiving training were non-addiction specialists, had limited experience providing opioid agonist treatment, anticipated significant challenges and specific concerns with this model of care and were receptive to a mentorship model and support services that included online and distance learning techniques. "
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    ABSTRACT: Opioid dependence is largely an undertreated medical condition in the United States. The introduction of buprenorphine has created the potential to expand access to and use of opioid agonist treatment in generalist settings. Physicians, however, often have limited training and experience providing this type of care. Some physicians believe having a mentoring relationship with an experienced provider during their initial introduction to the use of buprenorphine would ease implementation. Our goal was to describe the development, implementation, resources, and evaluation of the Physician Clinical Support System-Buprenorphine (PCSS-B), a federally funded program to improve access to and quality of treatment with buprenorphine. We provide a description of the PCSS-B, a national network of 88 trained physician mentors with expertise in buprenorphine treatment and skills in clinical education. We provide information regarding the use the PCSS-B core services including telephone, email and in-person support, a website, clinical guidances, a warmline and outreach to primary care and specialty organizations. Between July 2005 and July 2009, 67 mentors and 4 clinical experts reported providing mentoring services to 632 participants in 48 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. A total of 1,455 contacts were provided through email (45%), telephone (34%) and in-person visits (20%). Seventy-six percent of contacts addressed a clinical issue. Eighteen percent of contacts addressed a logistical issue. The number of contacts per participant ranged from 1-125. Between August 2005 and April 2009 there were 72,822 visits to the PCSS-B website with 179,678 pages viewed. Seven guidances were downloaded more than 1000 times. The warmline averaged more than 100 calls per month. The PCSS-B model provides support for a mentorship program to assist non-specialty physicians in the provision of buprenorphine and may serve as a model for dissemination of other types of care.
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