“Fewer than one in three rural physicians who have a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder currently do so, according to research that recently appeared in Annals of Family Medicine.
Compounding the problem of opioid misuse in rural areas is that 60.1% of nonurban counties lack physicians that have these waivers, hindering treatment in these locations, noted researchers.
“A few studies, limited to one or only a few states, have looked at the barriers physicians face providing buprenorphine maintenance treatment, but none has examined nationally the differences between physician groups who are and are not actively using their waivers or accepting new patients,” C. Holly A. Andrilla, MS, department of family medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote. “This study’s purpose was to understand the barriers physicians with waivers face in providing buprenorphine maintenance treatment.”
The full article can be accessed at: http://www.annfammed.org/content/15/4/359.full
Source: Healio.com – July 13, 2017