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Outcomes of a NYC public hospital system low-threshold tele-buprenorphine bridge clinic at 1 year
Abstract

BACKGROUND: This study evaluated clinical outcomes of a low barrier tele-buprenorphine bridge program for NYC residents with opioid use disorder (OUD) at 1 year during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

METHODS AND MATERIALS: This retrospective analysis of the NYC Health + Hospitals (NYC H + H) Virtual Buprenorphine Clinic registry assessed baseline demographic and clinical characteristics, rates of referrals to community treatment, and induction-related adverse events among city residents with OUD, from March 2020 to the end of March 2021.

RESULTS: The program enrolled 199 patients, of whom 62.3% were provided same-day visits (n = 124). Patients were enrolled in the program for a median of 14 days (range 0-130 days). Referrals sources included hospital and clinic staff (n = 83, 47.7%), word of mouth (n = 30, 17.2%), and correctional health or reentry services (n = 30, 17.2%). Induction-related adverse events were mostly limited to precipitated withdrawal symptoms (n = 21, 5%). Roughly half of patients were referred to community treatment (n = 109, 54.8%) and of those 51.4% (n = 56/109) completed at least one visit in community treatment.

DISCUSSION: Our experience indicates that a low threshold tele-buprenorphine bridge program in place of a safe and feasible approach to facilitating entry in community treatment for underserved people who use opioids in a large metropolitan area.

Full citation:
Tofighi B, McNeely J, Yang J, Thomas A, Schatz D, Reed T, Krawczyk N (2022).
Outcomes of a NYC public hospital system low-threshold tele-buprenorphine bridge clinic at 1 year
Substance Use and Misuse [Epub 2022 Apr 28]. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2022.2069269.