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Physician Issues

A study conducted by two professors at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, found that physician bias and stigma toward people who misuse opioids was greater among rural practitioners vs. those in urban settings.
In a recent survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, 29% of psychologists said they are seeing more patients since the start of the pandemic, and almost all are now using telehealth platforms at least part of the time to provide treatment.
To be effective and ethical in taking care of patients, practitioners also must take care of themselves. Making organizational culture changes that prioritize self-care for staff starts with changing the conversation, says Tara Matthews, PhD, LPC, MAC.
Overcoming stigma and cultivating a strong care team are among the components identified in Altarum's discussions with providers on addressing barriers to medication treatment for opioid use disorder.
Physicians and other providers in Massachusetts have access to telephone consultation to assist with complex questions around pain and substance use disorders.
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