Staff Responsibilities During Induction
Clinical staff can assist with most steps of the buprenorphine induction process if a consistent plan is in place.
Educate the staff on buprenorphine treatment and addiction. The more information and involvement that they have, the smoother your practice will run and the better care your patients will receive.
Be sure to explain every staff member's role to your patients so they know who to ask for help or if there is a problem during induction.
- Staff should be prepared to talk about Office-Based Opioid Treatment with prospective patients. it is helpful to have a standardized intake form or checklist available from which to ask questions and gather basic information over the phone.
- The intake checklist should include questions about opioid use and treatment history and can be administered via phone by administrative or clinical staff with minimal training.
- You should also gather information about the patient's health insurance and what insurances your practice accepts, because cost of treatment is a significant concern to many patients
Remember that the induction process can cause discomfort and anxiety for patients, so work with your staff to make sure that they are as calm and comfortable as possible.