A Novel Social Work Approach to Emergency Department Buprenorphine Induction and Warm Hand-Off to Community Providers

This is an academic paper that examines a novel approach to initiating buprenorphine in the emergency department, using a social work team to drive care for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) and coordinate buprenorphine continuation referrals to existing community resources.

The results are promising. Of the 120 patients that initiated care, 61% presented to initial outpatient intake appointment and 39% remained engaged in treatment after 30 days. 

Resource Type
Peer-reviewed Articles and Reports
Continuum of Care
Response Approach
Early Intervention
Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
Post-overdose response
Peer-reviewed Article

Kelly, T., Hoppe, J.A., Zuckerman, M., Khoshnoud, A., Sholl, B., Heard, K. (2020). A novel social work approach to emergency department buprenorphine induction and warm hand-off to community providers. American Journal of Emergency Medicine, S0735-6757(19), 30845-9