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Buprenorphine Telehealth Accessibility and Efficacy for People Experiencing Homelessness


Opioid overdose continues to be a public health crisis, significantly impacting individuals who are unhoused. People experiencing homelessness with opioid use disorder (OUD) face significant barriers to accessing evidence-based treatment with medications. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, federal regulatory changes have enabled the use of telemedicine for OUD treatment. Telemedicine, particularly audio-only telehealth programs, have the potential to improve treatment access for people experiencing homelessness. This project aims to look at the accessibility and efficacy of a low-barrier, telehealth delivered buprenorphine program for people experiencing homelessness. By conducting and comparing chart reviews and interviews between telehealth participants and those who received in-person care, this study has the potential to further our understanding of the impact of the telehealth program and its ability to reach marginalized populations and address health inequities.
Scholarly concentration: Caring for Underserved Communities

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Lum, Liana BA, Wunsch, Caroline MD, Wightman, Rachel MD, et al., "Buprenorphine Telehealth Accessibility and Efficacy for People Experiencing Homelessness" (2021). Warren Alpert Medical School Academic Symposium. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.



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