Brown University - Miriam Hospital Immunology Center, Providence, RI
Integrating Buprenorphine Opioid Treatment with HIV Primary Care
Target Population: HIV infected patients with a focus on women, substance abusers, and persons being released from prison.
1. To evaluate the effectiveness of integrating buprenorphine treatment into HIV primary care.
2. To decrease HIV risk behaviors, increase adherence to HIV medications and/or substance abuse treatment, and improve quality of life.
1. Initiation of an opioid use/abuse screening program.
2. Educational session on all forms of opioid treatment in addition to individualized evaluation for development of a treatment plan.
3. Buprenorphine team to include a nurse to dispense buprenorphine and clinic staff who will provide comprehensive HIV and substance abuse care.
4. Near-peer outreach worker to work with participants in the community to improve substance abuse treatment adherence.
Evaluation: Assessment of substance abuse, HIV risk behaviors, adherence to HIV medications, quality of life, patient satisfaction, and follow-up with primary care and substance abuse treatment visits will take place at one, three, six, and 12 months. HIV viral load and CD4 data obtained through chart review.
El Rio Santa Cruz Neighborhood Health Center, Tucson, AZ
Buprenorphine Opioid Abuse Treatment
Target Population: Opioid dependent HIV patients in a primary care setting.
1. Improve patient adherence with primary HIV treatment including HAART therapy.
2. Reduce substance abuse behaviors including syringe-mediated risks.
3. Maintain or enhance health status of individuals.
4. Improve quality of life for individuals receiving the buprenorphine intervention.
1. Training and certification of primary care providers in buprenorphine administration and management in the treatment of opioid abuse, dependence, and addiction.
2. Office-based nutritional, mental health, and substance abuse counseling.
Evaluation: Measure data related to the goals stated above in addition to HIV health status markers including patients' CD4 counts and Viral Loads.
The Hektoen Institute - CORE Center, Chicago, IL
Buprenorphine at CORE: An HIV Primary Care Program Demonstration
Target Population: Opioid-dependent HIV positive patients.
Goal: To determine the effectiveness of a clinical/psychiatric model including buprenorphine treatment, as indicated by patient acceptance, improved health outcomes, and/or retention in care.
1. Identification of opioid-dependent patients during assessment in primary care clinics.
2. A clinical/psychiatric model consisting of a tightly-linked team of a psychiatrist and a chemical dependency counselor able to administer buprenorphine treatment to appropriate patients.
Evaluation: Comparison of subjects enrolled the current model of care (HIV/Cognitive-Behavioral Model including detox, residential treatment, and/or methadone) with those in the new clinical/psychiatric model, with respect to health outcomes and retention in care.
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Randomized Trial of HIV Clinic Based Buprenorphine versus Referred Substance Abuse Care
Target Population: Treatment-seeking opioid-dependent patients who receive primary medical care in the Johns Hopkins HIV Clinic.
Goal: The determine the impact of clinic-based buprenorphine treatment on HIV care utilization, changes in health status and immunological markers, and HIV transmission risk behaviors.
Strategy: Incorporation of a clinic-based buprenorphine substance abuse treatment model.
Evaluation: A randomized controlled trial of clinic-based buprenorphine treatment versus traditional substance abuse care, with a focus on evaluating the variables stated above, plus patient characteristics associated with positive outcomes; costs, administrative changes, and acceptance of the new model.
Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
The Development and Evaluation of Integration of Buprenorphine into HIV Primary Care in Bronx Community Health Centers
Target Population: Patients of Bronx HIV primary care community health centers.
1. To integrate buprenorphine substance abuse treatment into the primary care setting.
2. To improve access to and retention in treatment.
1. Develop formal linkages between primary care providers and substance abuse/buprenorphine treatment experts, and providers and community pharmacies dispensing buprenorphine.
2. Help facilitate certification of providers in buprenorphine treatment administration.
3. A substance abuse treatment team (HIV primary care physicians, substance abuse expert physicians, an HIV pharmacist, and a nurse clinical coordinator) to provide education and training, support, and consultation for providers.
Evaluate clinical and psychosocial changes among participants treated with buprenorphine in comparison to those receiving usual care, with analytical focus on drug use, HIV-related health status, mental and physical health and well-being, health service utilization, and patient satisfaction.
OASIS, Oakland, CA
Target Population: HIV-exposed heroin users in the Oakland region.
Goal: To improve medical, psychosocial, and addiction outcomes.
Strategy: Integration of buprenorphine therapy into medical services at an existing site of HIV primary care.
Evaluation: Compare impact of a 2-year enhanced group intervention for HIV-exposed heroin users referred for outside substance abuse treatment to a similar enhanced intervention combined with 2-years of medically integrated buprenorphine treatment.
Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR
Portland Integrates Care for Opioid Dependent AIDS Patients
Target Population: Opioid-addicted patients in primary care HIV clinics.
Goal: Integrate buprenorphine treatment and substance abuse counseling with HIV care, with anticipated improvements in medication adherence, attendance in substance abuse counseling, and health outcomes.
1. Establish teams composed of a physician, nurse, physician assistant, counselor and patient advocate to both coordinate and make decisions about buprenorphine integration at the clinic.
2. Teams will also monitor patients and assure that individual services provided for them are appropriate
Evaluation: Compare outcomes of participants where buprenorphine treatment is integrated with HIV care to those of participants who receive buprenorphine treatment according to federal guidelines for methadone.
UCSF Positive Health Program, San Francisco, CA
Integrating Buprenorphine into the SFGH AIDS Program
Target Population: Patients in a comprehensive HIV primary care setting in San Francisco.
Goal: To deliver new services for HIV-infected patients by enabling primary care providers to integrate substance abuse treatment into their existing clinical services.
Strategies: A multidisciplinary collaboration with the Division of Substance Abuse and Addiction Medicine and the Community Behavioral Health Services Agency to:
1. Provide physician education and training on addiction treatment, integrated services, and the use of buprenorphine; and
2. Develop the policies and procedures to deliver buprenorphine treatment in HIV clinical settings.
Evaluation: Process and outcome evaluation to focus on the efficacy of the buprenorphine treatment intervention with a diverse, low income, and often homeless population of persons living with HIV/AIDS.
University of Miami AIDS Clinical Research Unit, Miami, FL
Miami Integration Project
Target Population: HIV-positive opioid users.
Goal: To determine the feasibility and effectiveness of integrating buprenorphine substance abuse treatment with HIV primary care.
Strategies: Randomize subjects to receive either the new integrated treatment or the current standard of care.
Evaluation: Baseline and follow-up measures to document demographics as well as changes in health, psychiatric needs, support and legal status, family health, social relationships, drug/alcohol use, ART use, and treatment adherence among the two groups.
Yale University AIDS Program, New Haven, CT
Integrating Buprenorphine into HIV Clinical Care Settings
Target Population: HIV-infected opioid dependent patients in an HIV treatment setting.
Goal: To determine the best model of substance abuse treatment for HIV-infected patients, with a focus on the site of induction and stabilization, the type of counseling, adherence and health outcomes, and cost effectiveness.
Strategies: Implement three separate models, which include:
1. On-site Addiction Treatment Model comparing standard and enhanced levels of counseling by a trained addiction specialist team;
2. HIV Primary Care Model with induction and stabilization performed on-site by the patients' primary care providers; and
3. Induction/Stabilization Model with induction and 8 week stabilization performed in an off-site substance abuse treatment facility.
Evaluation: A control group of HIV-infected patients enrolled in a methadone treatment clinic used to compare each of the models, with evaluation focused on retention in therapy, illicit drug use, adherence to HAART, and the impact on HIV transmission behaviors.
The New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY
Center for the Evaluation and Support of Integrated Buprenorphine Treatment and HIV Care
1. To enhance the development of model demonstration programs that integrate buprenorphine treatment and HIV primary care.
2. To conduct a multi-site process, outcome, impact and cost evaluation of these programs.
3. To disseminate the findings to providers, administrators, and policy makers.
1. Assemble a staff of experts and a National Advisory Committee to provide training and technical support to the demonstration sites.
2. Provide ongoing technical assistance and support in program design, clinical training and consultation, and the development of policy and procedures that address regulatory, ethical, and clinical concerns.
3. Translate the results of the evaluation into peer-reviewed publications, training materials, briefing papers, reports, and fact sheets.
Evaluation: The Center will conduct a multi-site evaluation utilizing client, provider, and program data to determine the processes necessary to develop integrated HIV and buprenorphine programs, and their feasibility, effectiveness, impact, and costs.
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