Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have received a $2.1 million grant from the CDC to examine whether financial incentives plus a smartphone app will improve medication adherence to buprenorphine therapy for patients with opioid use disorder, according to a press release.
“Of the nearly 2.1 million Americans with an opioid use disorder, only 20% of those individuals are in treatment,” August Holtyn, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins and lead author of the study, told Healio Psychiatry. “Stigma around substance use disorders remains a significant barrier to any advancements in treatment. Using this technology could improve providers' confidence in prescribing medication-assisted treatment such as buprenorphine because it offers a way to stay connected to the patient and support them throughout treatment.”
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