Last updated on July 2018

Emergency Department Connection to Care With Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder


Brief description of study

The purpose of this study is to learn what resources are needed to improve outcomes for patients with opioid use disorder. The study will look at how patients engage in treatment and the decisions that patients and providers make regarding treatment, specifically buprenorphine treatment, for opioid use disorder.

The aims of this study are:

  1. To evaluate using mixed methods the feasibility and acceptability of OUD screening, ED-initiated BUP, and referral.
  2. Over the course of the study and as XR-BUP is added to hospital formularies, to estimate the percentage and confidence intervals of patients assessed, treated, and engaged in treatment at Day 30. This will be a three-site study employing a multi-faceted approach to facilitate clinical protocol implementation and to assess feasibility, acceptability, and impact. Investigators will develop, introduce and update site-specific ED clinical protocols and implementation plans for OUD screening, ED-initiated BUP, and referral for treatment. A participatory action research approach will be utilized along with mixed methods incorporating data derived from:
    • Medical record and administrative data abstraction,
    • Research assessments involving patients who are eligible for and willing to receive ED-initiated BUP (including both those who do, and do not, receive BUP); these assessments will document the index ED visit and the 30th day after the index ED visit,
    • Qualitative interviews, focus groups, and quantitative assessments involving providers and staff, patients, and other stakeholders.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03544112

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Ryan McCormack, MD

Bellevue Hospital Center
New York, NY United States
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Ryan McCormack, MD

New York University School of Medicine
New York, NY United States
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