Category: Federal Forum Posters
Purpose: There is no formal process for veterans with a substance use disorder (SUD) diagnosis to receive medication-assisted treatment (MAT) at Carl Vinson Veteran Affairs Medical Center (CVVAMC). The majority of SUD patients do not have access to MAT. Veterans with SUD can be referred to Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MH-RRTP). To increase access to MAT, a psychiatric pharmacist-led clinic will be created for veterans completing the MH-RRTP. The purpose of this study is to increase access to MAT for veterans with opioid (OUD), alcohol (AUD), and cocaine use disorders utilizing a psychiatric pharmacist's clinic within the MH-RRTP.
Methods: The lead investigator will submit a proposal to the CVVAMC Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee outlining the purpose, methods, and timeline of this project. An initial chart review will be conducted for patients residing in MH-RRTP to gather baseline data including the diagnosis of OUD, AUD or cocaine dependence. Patients will also be reviewed for active MAT. After initial chart review and P&T approval, a consult template to the psychiatric pharmacist-led MAT clinic will then be devised. The consult will be accessible to MH-RRTP providers within the computerized record system (CPRS). Interdisciplinary clinicians within the MH-RRTP will then be educated on referral process. After the consult is placed, the psychiatric pharmacist will meet with patients in person for assessment and treatment of SUD, if appropriate. After 3 months, the lead investigator will conduct a final chart review of MH-RRTP veterans from clinic start date. Again, patients with a diagnosis of OUD, AUD, or cocaine dependence will be documented with further screening to determine if those patients are on active MAT. The objective of this study will be to increase the number of veterans with SUD completing the MH-RRTP who receive MAT.
Results: not applicable
Conclusion: not applicable
Jade Abudia– PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident, Carl Vinson VA Medical Center, Dublin, GA