Effect of lowering initiation thresholds in a primary care-based buprenorphine treatment program.


University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA. Electronic address: [Email]


Office-based buprenorphine treatment is effective for opioid use disorder. Scant research has examined programmatic factors impacting successful initiation of treatment. To increase initiation of eligible patients, our buprenorphine program implemented changes to lower treatment thresholds. Most notable among these was elimination of a requirement that patients demonstrate abstinence from stimulants prior to initiating buprenorphine.


Buprenorphine,Cascade of care,Low-threshold,Opioid use disorder,Primary care,Stimulants,