Prescribers’ satisfaction with delivering medications for opioid use disorder

Hannah K. Knudsen, Randy Brown, Nora Jacobson, Julie Horst, Jee Seon Kim, Hanna Kim, Lynn M. Madden, Eric Haram, Todd Molfenter

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Background: Expanding access to medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), such as buprenorphine and extended release (XR) naltrexone, is critical to addressing the US opioid epidemic, but little is known about prescriber satisfaction with delivering these two types of MOUD. The current study describes the satisfaction of prescribers delivering buprenorphine and XR-naltrexone while examining whether satisfaction is associated with current patient census and organizational environment. Methods: As part of a cluster randomized clinical trial (RCT) focused on expanding access to medication for opioid use disorder, 41 MOUD prescribers in Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin completed a web-based survey. The survey included measures of prescriber satisfaction with delivering buprenorphine treatment and XR-naltrexone. In addition, the survey measured several prescriber characteristics and their perceptions of the organizational environment. Results: Prescribers were generally satisfied with their work in delivering these two types of MOUD. Prescribers reporting a greater number of patients (r =.46, p =.006), those who would recommend the center to others (r =.56, p <.001), and those reporting positive relationships with staff (r =.56, p <.001) reported significantly greater overall satisfaction with delivering buprenorphine treatment. Prescribers who more strongly endorsed feeling overburdened reported lower overall buprenorphine satisfaction (r = -.37, p =.02). None of the prescriber characteristics or perceptions of the organizational environment were significantly associated with overall satisfaction with delivering XR-naltrexone treatment. Conclusions: The generally high levels of satisfaction with both types of MOUD is notable given that prescriber dissatisfaction can lead to turnover and impact intentions to leave the profession. Future research should continue to explore the prescriber characteristics and organizational factors associated with satisfaction in providing different types of MOUD. Registration: NCT02926482. Date of registration: September 9, 2016.

Original languageEnglish
Article number78
JournalSubstance Abuse: Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2021

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  • buprenorphine
  • extended-release naltrexone
  • opioid use disorder
  • prescriber satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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