Module 2: A Timeline for Starting Buprenorphine During Pregnancy
In this module, Dr. Katherine Callaghan reviews how you can collaborate with patients and care team members when prescribing and administrating buprenorphine. She covers the importance of tailoring buprenorphine treatment to individualized patient needs by educating patients on risks and benefits, following detailed preparation regimens, determining an appropriate induction method, and managing precipitated withdrawal.
Module Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this module, participants should be able to...
- Describe the process for incorporating buprenorphine prescribing in an obstetrical practice
- Explain the effects, risks, and challenges of buprenorphine in observed and unobserved initiations
- Apply best practices to problem-solve induction challenges and tailor treatment based on patient needs
Katherine Callaghan, MD, is the founder and director of UMass Memorial’s Karen W. Green Clinic for Pregnancy and Recovery. This multidisciplinary clinic provides comprehensive prenatal care and addiction treatment to women with a variety of substance use disorders. “The Green Clinic” seeks to optimize and integrate obstetrical & postpartum care, medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD), psychiatric services, peer support, and social work support to women in recovery, seeking recovery, or actively using substances. Since joining the OB/GYN Department at UMass Memorial in 2014, Dr. Callaghan has led a committee of nurses, pharmacists, addiction specialists, and administrators in drafting, finalizing, and implementing in-patient protocols for initiating MOUD in the pregnant patient, including both a methadone protocol and a buprenorphine protocol. These protocols have both improved and streamlined the process, making MOUD a readily available option for pregnant patients seeking care.
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