Differences in perceived clinical knowledge uptake among health profession students and licensed clinicians receiving buprenorphine waiver training in Oregon

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Abstract

Background: Addressing the opioid crisis requires an understanding of how to train both health professional students and practicing clinicians on medications for opioid use disorder (mOUD). We designed a robust evaluation instrument to assess the impact of training on perceived clinical knowledge in these different categories of learners. Methods: We enrolled 3rd and 4th year medical, physician assistant (PA), and nurse practitioner (NP) students, as well as practicing PAs, NPs, and physicians to undertake the Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) Waiver Training for mOUD. We designed and implemented a cross-sectional survey to assess perceived change in clinical knowledge as a result of training in opioid use disorder and satisfaction with training. Results: Twenty-one MD/DO and 45 NP/PA students, and 24 practicing MD/DO and 27 NP/PAs completed the survey. Among health professional students (n = 66) and practicing clinicians (n =51), perceived clinical knowledge scores increased significantly (p < 0.001) for all 13 variables. Program evaluation scores for the buprenorphine waiver training were high with no statistical differences between students and practicing clinicians. Overall, the majority of participants indicated they would recommend the training to a colleague (Students’ score = 4.84; practicing clinician scores = 4.53; scale = strongly disagree = 1 to strongly agree = 5). Conclusions: Our novel instrument allowed us to determine that the implementation of buprenorphine waiver trainings for health professional students and practicing clinicians leads to significant increases in perceived knowledge, interest and confidence in diagnosing and treating OUD. Although the buprenorphine waiver can now be obtained without training, many waivered providers still do not prescribe buprenorphine; integrating training into medical, NP, and PA curriculum for students and offering the training to practicing clinicians may increase confidence and uptake of mOUD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)825-833
Number of pages9
JournalSubstance Abuse
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Undergraduate medical education
  • addiction
  • buprenorphine
  • opioid use disorder
  • substance use disorders
  • waiver training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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