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J Subst Abuse Treat. 2010 Dec;39(4):307-17. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2010.07.003. Epub 2010 Aug 21.

A national study of a telephone support service for patients receiving office-based buprenorphine medication-assisted treatment: study feasibility and sample description.

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  • 1Health Analytics, LLC, Columbia, MD 21045, USA.


Opioid-dependent (OD) patients seeking treatment have multiple treatment options including abstinence-based and medication replacement therapies. A recent and growing addition to medication replacement therapy is buprenorphine medication-assisted treatment (B-MAT), which may be provided by certified physicians practicing in private offices. Research on OD treatment is often performed on samples of patients recruited from specialty treatment facilities, which may not generalize to B-MAT patients. Thus, B-MAT as a treatment approach has been understudied. The present research describes (a) new methods developed to facilitate sample recruitment and survey data collection from a national B-MAT patient sample and (b) a telephonic support program designed for new B-MAT patients. Results indicate that by using appropriate tools, it is feasible to conduct a clinical study of B-MAT patients, recruited at the point of service, and that telephonic patient support was an acceptable treatment adjunct.

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