A review of studies on barriers or facilitators to use of medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) from the Veteran’s Health Administrations Evidence Synthesis Program. The use of MAT to treat OUD is an evidence-based practice that is often not implemented in real world settings. This review of the evidence found that barriers to both patients and providers engaging in MAT were stigma, logistical concerns such as time constraints (providers) or transportation (patients), knowledge of and comfort with MAT, and cost. The greatest facilitator for MAT treatment was support from peers, families, and colleagues.
Funding Source: Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Authors: Mackey, K., Veazie, S., Anderson, J., Bourne, D., & Peterson, K.
A review of studies that looked at barriers and facilitators to treatment of opioid use disorder with medication assisted treatment.