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Want to bring treatment for substance use disorder into your practice, but not sure where to start?

In this episode of Addiction Practice Pod, addiction physician Dr. Christy Sutherland, journalist David P. Ball and their guests talk about the nuts and bolts of integrating treatment for opioid use disorder into a family practice. They also discuss the challenges that patients face in accessing medical care, and how health care providers can help bridge that gap by building a well thought-out, compassionate practice.


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Here’s what listeners can take away from this episode:

  1. Opioid agonist treatments, or OAT, are high-impact interventions that a family doctor can offer. It reduces mortality and improves quality of life. Once you have a rhythm and workflow for your office, you can seamlessly incorporate OAT into your primary care clinic. You probably already have patients who would benefit from OAT. You can learn more about administering OAT in British Columbia (BC) here:
  2. There are specific Medical Services Plan (MSP) codes that recognize the time it takes to provide OAT and substance use care and that support family doctors in BC to do this work.
  3. You can incorporate Motivational Interviewing into your skill set of clinical care. It will make your day easier. You can have collaborative conversations with your patients that evoke change and promote autonomy. There is a lot of joy in providing care to this patient population. It is very rewarding work.



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