A program that aims to expand access to medications for opioid use disorder by educating and training the medical workforce that is able to deliver this intervention
IT MATTRS Colorado, a program in the rural eastern and southern part of the state through the High Plains Research Network, aims to increase medical practice awareness and knowledge of opioid use disorder (OUD) and medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) to help all individuals in a practice better understand and support patients. The program came about after the recognition that there was a lack of community knowledge and awareness of OUD and MOUD, limited access to diagnostic and treatment services for OUD, and lack of MOUD services in general.
The initial steps taken by this ongoing project to expand access to MOUD and increase provider competence were to increase local community awareness and knowledge by transforming the complex language and concepts of OUD and medication treatment into locally relevant, actionable messages and materials. Next, evidence-based education on MOUD was made available both onsite and via online training models. Opisafe, a web-based MOUD patient engagement and monitoring system that provides patient-centered tracking, will be made available to the training sites.
More detailed information on the program can be found in these presentations here and here.
A preliminary culmination of resources developed by IT MATTRS to assist practices in implementing MOUD can be found here. This program model appears in the peer-reviewed literature here.