Developing a theoretically informed implementation model for telemedicine-delivered medication for opioid use disorder: qualitative study with key informants

Joseph Tay*, Rosalind Gittins, Giedre Zlatkute, Alberto Oteo Perez, Susanna Galea-Singer, Alexander Mario Baldacchino

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Abstract

Background: Telemedicine-delivered medication for opioid use disorder (TMOUD) has become more prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in North America. This is considered a positive development as TMOUD has the potential to increase access to evidence-based treatment for a population heavily affected by the opioid crisis and consequent rising mortality and morbidity rates in relation to opioid use disorder. Despite the increase in the use of TMOUD, there are no established service- and process-focused models to guide the implementation of this intervention.

Objective: This study aims to develop a process- and service-focused implementation model in collaboration with key stakeholders and bring together peer-reviewed literature, practice-based knowledge, and expert opinions.

Methods: The simple rules for evidence translation in complex systems framework was applied to guide the development of a 6-step qualitative study. The steps were definition of the scope and objectives of the model, identification of evidence, stakeholder engagement, draft model development, key informant consultation, and final model specification.

Results: The final specification for the TMOUD implementation model incorporated key strategic priorities, service delivery prerequisites, service design elements, stakeholder identification and engagement, key process domains, and iterative cycles of evaluation and improvement.

Conclusions: Through stakeholder engagement and key informant consultation, we produced a process- and service-focused TMOUD implementation model. The model is modifiable to different contexts and settings while also in keeping with the current evidence base and national and international standards of high-quality opioid use disorder care.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere47186
Number of pages23
JournalJMIR Mental Health
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2023

Keywords

  • Telemedicine
  • Medication for opioid use disorder
  • Implementation model
  • Telebuprenorphine
  • Opioid use disorder
  • Mobile phone

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