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Shorter outpatient wait-times for buprenorphine are associated with linkage to care post-hospital discharge.

  • Roy, Payel J1
  • Price, Ryan2
  • Choi, Sugy3
  • Weinstein, Zoe M2
  • Bernstein, Edward4
  • Cunningham, Chinazo O5
  • Walley, Alexander Y2
  • 1 Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213, USA. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • 2 Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, 801 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA, 02118, USA.
  • 3 Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management, Boston University School of Public Health, 715 Albany St, Boston, MA, 02118, USA.
  • 4 Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, 715 Albany St, Boston, MA, 02118, USA; Department of Emergency Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, 850 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA, 02118, USA.
  • 5 Department of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1300 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY, 10461, USA.
Published Article
Drug and alcohol dependence
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2021
DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108703
PMID: 33964730


Inpatient addiction consult services (ACS) lower barriers to accessing medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), however not every patient recommended for MOUD links to outpatient care. We hypothesized that fewer days between discharge date and outpatient appointment date was associated with improved linkage to buprenorphine treatment among patients evaluated by an ACS. We extracted appointment and demographic data from electronic medical records and conducted retrospective chart review of adults diagnosed with opioid use disorder (OUD) evaluated by an ACS in Boston, MA between July 2015 and August 2017. These patients were initiated on or recommended buprenorphine treatment on discharge and provided follow-up appointment at our hospital post-discharge. Multivariable logistic regression assessed whether arrival to the appointment post-discharge was associated with shorter wait-times (0-1 vs. 2+ days). In total, 142 patients were included. Among patients who had wait-times of 0-1 day, 63 % arrived to their appointment compared to wait-times of 2 or more days (42 %). There were no significant differences between groups based on age, gender, distance of residence from the hospital, insurance status, co-occurring alcohol use disorder diagnosis, or discharge with buprenorphine prescription. After adjusting for covariates, patients with 0-1 day of wait-time had 2.6 times the odds of arriving to their appointment [95 % CI 1.3-5.5] compared to patients who had 2+ days of wait-time. For hospitalized patients with OUD evaluated for initiating MOUD, same- and next-day appointments are associated with increased odds of linkage to outpatient MOUD care post-discharge compared to waiting two or more days. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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