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General health clinics, specialty care will go head-to-head in opioid treatment study

A $13 million research trial that will be conducted with 800 individuals in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., will seek to determine whether opioid-dependent patients can receive comprehensive and effective care in the same system that fueled their illness: general healthcare.

A funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to the Treatment Research Institute (TRI) will result in the first large-scale comparison of evidence-based care delivered in federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to the standard care that patients with opioid use disorders receive in the community. To the study’s principal investigator, those who have been in the latter group have faced long odds for success.

“You take individuals with a disease that disrupts motivation, and you ask them to be super-motivated to navigate fragments of a [specialty] treatment system, and you are setting them up for failure,” says David R. Gastfriend, MD, TRI’s scientific adviser.

Read the whole article in Addiction Professional.