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Each episode of AJP Audio brings you an in-depth look at one of the articles featured in that month’s issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry, the official journal of the American Psychiatric Association. Wide-ranging interviews with article authors cover the background, rationale, main findings, and future implications of the research.

Feb 1, 2020

Executive Editor Michael Roy speaks with Arthur Robin Williams, M.D., M.B.E., and Mark Olfson, M.D., M.P.H., about their research on adverse health outcomes following discontinuation of buprenorphine among Medicaid beneficiaries who were retained for variable periods beyond 6 months.

  • How buprenorphine helps patients, and factors affecting the use of this medication [2:50]
  • Are there any quality measures for buprenorphine or for the treatment of opioid use disorder more generally? [7:48]
  • What the authors aimed to achieve in the study [10:59]
  • How the authors determined what methods to use in the study [13:51]
  • Main findings with regard to adverse health outcomes after patients discontinued buprenorphine [16:22]
  • Implications of the results [19:01]
  • What further studies should explore with regard to treatment for opioid use disorder [21:50]
  • Takeaways for researchers, clinicians, and other mental health professionals [23:06]

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