Category: Federal Forum Posters
Purpose: The purpose of this quality assurance project is to provide insight on the discontinuation of buprenorphine and successful abstinence of opioids post a long-term maintenance period. The goal is to expand the use of buprenorphine as a part of a treatment program in appropriate patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
Methods: Retrospective chart reviews will be conducted analyzing information provided in the electronic health record of Veterans enrolled in the buprenorphine clinic from January 2011 to December 2015. Included Veterans will be those who chose to taper off medication assisted therapy (MAT), as well as those who were discharged from the outpatient buprenorphine clinic for any other reason after long-term management. For this project, long-term treatment will be defined as 330 days of MAT in a 425-day time frame. Chart reviews will determine whether Veterans maintain remission six months after the date of their last buprenorphine prescription fill. Other data collected will include the length of maintenance therapy and baseline characteristics to determine if certain patient qualities or treatment factors correlate with successful abstinence of opioids and/or illicit substances.
Results: Not applicable
Conclusion: Not applicable
Anesa Hughes– Pharmacy Resident, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Lebanon, VA