Integrating Buprenorphine Treatment into Office-based Practice: a Qualitative Study

Declan T. Barry, Kevin S. Irwin, Emlyn S. Jones, William C. Becker, Jeanette M. Tetrault, Lynn E. Sullivan, Helena Hansen, Patrick G. O'Connor, Richard S. Schottenfeld, David A. Fiellin
2008 Journal of general internal medicine  
BACKGROUND: Despite the availability and demonstrated effectiveness of office-based buprenorphine maintenance treatment (BMT), the systematic examination of physicians' attitudes towards this new medical practice has been largely neglected. OBJECTIVE: To identify facilitators and barriers to the potential or actual implementation of BMT by officebased medical providers. DESIGN: Qualitative study using individual and group semi-structured interviews. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-three practicing
more » ... ased physicians in New England. APPROACH: Interviews were audiotaped, transcribed, and entered into a qualitative software program. The transcripts were thematically coded using the constant comparative method by a multidisciplinary team. KEY WORDS: opioid-related disorders; qualitative research; buprenorphine; physicians.
doi:10.1007/s11606-008-0881-9 pmid:19089500 pmcid:PMC2628993 fatcat:27o7czb4qvb4plktdgyt5zonke