Retention Rates in Medication for Opioid Treatment: The Effects of Social Determinants of Health
Date of Award
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology
Celeste Jones, Psy.D.
Jeri Turgesen, Psy.D.
Kristie Knows His Gun, Psy.D.
Background. Medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD), the use of pharmacotherapy, behavior, and psychotherapy, has been implemented in the treatment of opioid use disorders. MOUD seeks to retain patients in treatment to stabilize medication management and implement coping skills, and many studies have described an association between retention and recovery. Social Determinants of Health (SDH) are important to consider in efforts toward retention in MOUD programs. Method. The purpose of this study is to analyze the effects of SDH on retention rates in MOUD, specifically evaluating a program that uses a Collaborative Community Approach Model (CCAM), which aims to address SDH. Results. Regression results indicated that only number of behavioral health intervention visits significantly predicted total number of MOUD visits attended, and that telehealth modality was not a significant predictor of treatment engagement. Conclusions. These results are contrary to findings from past research, as they did not indicate a significant relationship between SDH risk factors and treatment engagement for this population in a CCAM MOUD program. This finding may suggest that CCAM MOUD programs in integrated care settings may be able to reduce disparities by implementing an approach that addresses SDH.
Flores, Melissa, "Retention Rates in Medication for Opioid Treatment: The Effects of Social Determinants of Health" (2023). Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). 476.