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: 1.62). 10/2006; 27(3):13-8. DOI: 10.1300/J465v27n03_03
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ABSTRACT 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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