Rutgers Study Evaluates Telehealth Delivered Mindfulness Therapy in OUD Patients with Chronic Pain Interview with:
Nina A. Cooperman, PsyD
Department of Psychiatry
Division of Addiction Psychiatry
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Piscataway, New Jersey

Dr Nina Cooperman, Photo by John O’Boyle What is the background for this study?

Response: This study aimed to evaluate the impact of a novel intervention, Mindfulness Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), on opioid use and chronic pain among individuals receiving methadone treatment (MT).

The main goal of this study was to conduct a clinical trial to assess online MORE, delivered remotely, through secure video or phone conferencing, with respect to a range of clinical outcomes.

This study will involve a 2-arm individually randomized controlled trial design that compares MORE and treatment as usual (TAU). 

Continue reading

Buprenorphine Initiation and Retention Through Telehealth for Opioid Use Disorder Interview with:
Lindsey Hammerslag, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor
Division of Biomedical Informatics
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40536 What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: This study was designed to examine whether COVID-related changes to buprenorphine prescribing policies, which allowed the use of telehealth during treatment initiation, were associated with benefits for people with opioid use disorder. There’s a push to return to normalcy, with some COVID-related policies being rolled back during the unwinding, and we felt that it was important to make sure that we could provide the evidence policy makers need to make good decisions for patients.

Continue reading