Patient-Centered Team-Based Care to Treat Opiod Use Disorder, Depression, and Other Conditions

Project Principal Investigator/s:
Katie Witkiewitz

Project Co-Investigator/s:
Theresa Moyers

Funding Agency:
Kaiser Foundation Research Institute--NIH

Amount Awarded:

Period of Performance:
06/2020 - 05/2024

Goals and Aims of Study

This study will test an innovative model of care management—provided by a nurse over the telephone—for primary care patients with opioid use disorder and depression in Washington state and Indiana. The trial will test whether patients who receive nurse care management are more likely to receive medication treatment for opioid use disorder, and more likely to have clinically significant reduction in symptoms of depression, over the following 12 months.

How this Research Will Benefit Society

Most people are not receiving the best care for opioid use disorder and depression. But effective treatments do exist and can be prescribed in a primary care office. This research will proactively engage patients in these treatments and provide troubleshooting to help them stay engaged. This project is really exciting for the novelty of doing proactive direct to patient care of an intervention that is intended to improve patient care within a health care system. It is interdisciplinary and collaborative and relies on technology, psychology, psychiatry, primary care, family medicine, and health care systems models of care. Taking a whole team collaborative approach to address a complex problem is incredibly challenging and is likely to be highly rewarding by directly impacting patient’s lives.