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Prospective Study on Factors Associated with Referral of Patients with Opioid Maintenance Therapy from Specialized Addictive Disorders Centers to Primary Care

Abstract : Background: One of the most important issues for opiate maintenance therapy efficacy is the involvement of primary care physicians (PCPs) in opiate use disorder treatment, especially after referral from specialized units. This study aimed to analyze the progress of subjects in a specialized center and after referral to PCPs. Methods: This study was an observational prospective study. Recruitment took place in a specialized addictive disorder center in western France. All patients were evaluated (sociodemographical data, severity of substance use disorders through the TMSP scale, the quality of life through the TEAQV scale) by physicians during the 5-year-follow up of the study. Analysis focused on four main times during follow-up: entry/last visit into specialized care and into primary care. Results: 113 patients were included in this study; 93% were receiving methadone and 7% buprenorphine. Ninety (90) were referred to primary care. In primary care follow-up, the probability of the lowest severity score for substance use disorders remained stable over time. Conclusions: In daily practice, a center specialized in addictive disorders referred OMT management to PCPs for a majority of patients, and benefits regarding substance use disorders severity and quality of life remained stable after referral. Our results need to be confirmed.
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Morgane Guillou-Landreat, Philippe Levassor, Marylène Guerlais, Véronique Sébille, Caroline Victorri-Vigneau. Prospective Study on Factors Associated with Referral of Patients with Opioid Maintenance Therapy from Specialized Addictive Disorders Centers to Primary Care. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, MDPI, 2021, 18 (11), pp.5749. ⟨10.3390/ijerph18115749⟩. ⟨hal-03406958⟩

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