Patient Perspective of Opiate Replacement Therapy with Midlevel Providers
AAPA ePoster library. Andreeff R. 05/17/17; 180476; 13
Renee Andreeff
Renee Andreeff
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Purpose The objective of this study was to determine patient comfort level with mid-level providers (Physician Assistants (PAs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs)) initiating and maintaining their opiate replacement therapy (ORT). Methodology An anonymous face validated 13-question survey was distributed to willing participants at three ORT clinics in Western New York. The surveys inquired about demographics (age, gender, ethnicity) as well as information regarding their ORT (efficacy, length of time enrolled in ORT, and wait time to begin ORT) along with their comfortability with a PA or NP initiating and maintaining their ORT. The survey was distributed to patients over a period of six weeks (30 business days). Data was analyzed using Microsoft Excel. Results The results of this study revealed that the patients utilizing ORT were confident in midlevel provider care. This study (n = 128) showed that a majority of patients, 45.76% (n = 54), were 'very confident' in the ability of midlevel providers to deliver quality care. In addition, 95.16% (n = 118) of participants were confident in a mid-level provider's ability to initiate and continue ORT. Conclusion Allowing mid-level providers to prescribe ORT may help with the increasing number of opioid addicts in need of timely treatment. The results of this study revealed that the confidence level of ORT patients toward mid-level providers is strong. From a patient outlook, these results support mid-level providers undertaking a larger role in ORT....
Purpose The objective of this study was to determine patient comfort level with mid-level providers (Physician Assistants (PAs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs)) initiating and maintaining their opiate replacement therapy (ORT). Methodology An anonymous face validated 13-question survey was distributed to willing participants at three ORT clinics in Western New York. The surveys inquired about demographics (age, gender, ethnicity) as well as information regarding their ORT (efficacy, length of time enrolled in ORT, and wait time to begin ORT) along with their comfortability with a PA or NP initiating and maintaining their ORT. The survey was distributed to patients over a period of six weeks (30 business days). Data was analyzed using Microsoft Excel. Results The results of this study revealed that the patients utilizing ORT were confident in midlevel provider care. This study (n = 128) showed that a majority of patients, 45.76% (n = 54), were 'very confident' in the ability of midlevel providers to deliver quality care. In addition, 95.16% (n = 118) of participants were confident in a mid-level provider's ability to initiate and continue ORT. Conclusion Allowing mid-level providers to prescribe ORT may help with the increasing number of opioid addicts in need of timely treatment. The results of this study revealed that the confidence level of ORT patients toward mid-level providers is strong. From a patient outlook, these results support mid-level providers undertaking a larger role in ORT....
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