Project dates: March 2018 - December 2021
Hospital-based addiction consult services (which consist of starting medication for addiction treatment while patients are hospitalized, and directly linking them to post-discharge outpatient treatment) have the potential to make a significant contribution to narrowing the opioid use disorder treatment gap. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of these services on post-release initiation and engagement in care, treatment retention, and frequency of acute care utilization and overdose deaths. This project will provide the first evaluation of an addiction consult model in a multi-site trial at four municipal hospitals, and promises to generate knowledge that can rapidly transform practice and inform the intervention’s potential for widespread dissemination.
Abstract on NIH RePORTER
Study protocol for a pragmatic trial of the Consult for Addiction Treatment and Care in Hospitals (CATCH) model for engaging patients in opioid use disorder treatment
Addiction Science and Clinical Practice, 14 (1), 5. doi: 10.1186/s13722-019-0135-7. PMCID: PMC6380041.