This is an academic paper that examines a novel approach to initiating buprenorphine in the emergency department, using a social work team to drive care for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) and coordinate buprenorphine continuation referrals to existing community resources.
The results are promising. Of the 120 patients that initiated care, 61% presented to initial outpatient intake appointment and 39% remained engaged in treatment after 30 days.
Kelly, T., Hoppe, J.A., Zuckerman, M., Khoshnoud, A., Sholl, B., Heard, K. (2020). A novel social work approach to emergency department buprenorphine induction and warm hand-off to community providers. American Journal of Emergency Medicine, S0735-6757(19), 30845-9.