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Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
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Barriers to accessing treatment for substance use after inpatient managed withdrawal (Detox): A qualitative study.

INTRODUCTION: Access to and uptake of evidence-based treatment for substance use disorder, specifically opioid use disorder (OUD), are limited despite the high death toll from drug overdose in the United States in recent years. Patient perceived barriers to evidence-based treatment after completion of short-term inpatient medically managed withdrawal programs (detox) have not been well studied. The purpose of the current study is to elicit patients' perspectives on challenges to transition to treatment, including medications for OUD (MOUD), after detox and potential solutions.

METHODS: We conducted semi-structured interviews (N = 24) at a detox center (2018-2019) to explore patients' perspectives on obstacles to treatment. The study managed the data in NVivo and we used content analysis to identify themes.

RESULTS: Patients' characteristics included the following: 54 % male; mean age 37 years; self-identified as White 67 %, Black 13 %, Latinx 8 %, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 4 %, and other 8 %; heroin use in the past 3 months 67 %; and ever injecting drugs 71 %. Patients identified the following barriers: 1) lack of continuity of care; 2) limited number of detox and residential treatment program beds; 3) unstable housing; and 4) lack of options when choosing a treatment pathway. Solutions proposed by participants included: 1) increase low-barrier access to community MOUD; 2) add case managers at the detox center to establish continuity of care after discharge; 3) increase assistance with housing; and 4) encourage patient participation in treatment decisions.

CONCLUSIONS: Patients identified lack of continuity of care, especially care coordination, as a major barrier to substance use treatment. Increasing treatment utilization, including MOUD, necessitates a multimodal approach to continuity of care, low-barrier access to MOUD, and support to address unstable housing. Patients want care that incorporates options and respect for. individualized preferences and needs.

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