Disparities Associated With Buprenorphine Prescriptions for Opioid Use Disorder

JAMA Psychiatry

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Bottom Line: This study used national survey data to estimate buprenorphine prescription rates to treat opioid use disorder by race/ethnicity and by payment type for office visits, which is how most patients with buprenorphine prescriptions get care. Researchers report buprenorphine office visits increased from 0.04% to 0.36% of ambulatory visits from 2004-2015 and that represented about 13.4 million visits from 2012-2015. Buprenorphine prescriptions were received at more visits from 2012-2015 by white patients than patients of other races/ethnicities. Office visits were most commonly paid for by private insurance or were self-pay. Increasing rates of opioid overdoses mean it is important that policy and research efforts address racial/ethnic and payment differences in access to treatment for opioid use disorder.

Authors: Pooja A. Lagisetty, M.D., M.Sc., University of Michigan, School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, and coauthors

 

(doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.0876)

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