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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a guide to help clinicians add buprenorphine treatment to their existing primary care or psychiatric office and clinic settings. It provides guidelines to help achieve optimized treatment outcomes for patients with opiate addiction.
Purpose: It is meant to be a resource for those treating individuals with opiate dependence and in particular the use of buprenorphine in an office or clinic setting. It is formatted to mirror the buprenorphine training courses with expansion of some topics.
Audience: This handbook is intended for any clinician interested in or currently treating individuals with opiate dependence, particularly those working in an office-based setting. It is useful for general psychiatrists, general physicians, medical students, residents, and nurses.
Features: It begins with the epidemiology and treatment of opioid dependence in America as well as opioid pharmacology. It covers a full range of topics pertaining to buprenorphine, from its history and development, efficacy, and safety to patient assessment, clinical use of buprenorphine, and logistics of office-based treatment. The handbook also covers additional topics such as opioid abuse in adolescents, medical management, and pain management in this patient population.
Assessment: This handbook mirrors the buprenorphine course clinicians are required to take to be able to prescribe buprenorphine in an office-based setting as substitution therapy for opiate dependent individuals. It is an excellent addition to the course, going into a number of areas in greater detail than the face-to-face or online course is able to. The book contains most of the need-to-know information for anyone who wishes to become more knowledgeable or comfortable in this area.