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CTN study finds that adding quality improvement initiatives may benefit best practice for MOUD alongside Project ECHO learning sessions

Teams at the Northeast Node and University of New Hampshire Citizen’s Health Initiative have published findings from a recent training program to explore the feasibility of training clinics to collect performance data and initiate Quality Improvement (QI) practice change cycles alongside clinic participation in a Project ECHO virtual collaborative for medication treatment of opioid use disorder (MOUD).

The article, published in the Journal Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, reports on the engagement of five New Hampshire primary care or mental health clinics in monitoring their own performance regarding OUD screening, buprenorphine initiation and retention, and naloxone overdose reversal device access best practices, and then using performance data to inform QI change cycles.

All five clinics met the criteria for engagement, submitted at least one month of performance data, and completed at least one QI initiative. Results suggest that training clinics to monitor their performance and base QI initiatives on clinic-derived data has the potential to impact best practice for MOUD.

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Augmenting project ECHO for opioid use disorder with data-informed quality improvement