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AHRQ Report on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid use Disorder

Posted by on October 30th, 2017 Posted in: Rural, Substance Addiction and Misuse

A recent report from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality highlights factors related to medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in rural primary care settings. Implementing Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Primary Care: Environmental Scan presents three main findings from a literature review of scientific and grey literature: models of care, tools and resources and challenges and barriers. This literature search revealed three promising models of care and the characteristics that these models share. This report also contains a variety of tools to help rural providers implement medication-assisted treatment. In addition, the literature revealed ongoing challenges and barriers to the implementation of medication-assisted treatment. These include a shortage of healthcare providers in rural areas who can prescribe treatment, stigma associated with opioid use disorder and an ongoing need for recovery support.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012344 with the University of Utah, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.​

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