- Identifying patients who have opioid use disorder through identification, screening and diagnosis
- Addressing stigma by engaging in patient-centered treatment planning, navigating challenging behaviours and responding to needs of patients
- Management of opioid use disorder, including patient-centered treatment planning, managing withdrawal, safely prescribing buprenorphine/naloxone, implementing systems of monitoring
- Building connections and collaborations, including collaborating with the patient’s circle of care, connecting patients with community supports, and connecting with avenues for additional practice supports
- Addressing the primary care needs of patients with opioid use disorder
The program is for Nova Scotia primary care providers and teams in all types of primary care settings, including family physicians and nurse practitioners who are able to prescribe opioid agonist treatment, along with collaborating interprofessional team members such as family practice nurses, social workers, and pharmacists. The program is aimed at building competencies for providers with limited or no experience; however, those who presently care for patients with opioid use disorder patients will also benefit.
The Opioid Use Disorder Practice Support Program provides training and support for primary care providers and teams to build competencies for the care of patients with opioid use disorder (OUD).
The program was developed by Nova Scotia Health Primary Health Care, in partnership with providers and Mental Health and Addictions program. The program uses a quality improvement approach delivered during three, half day interactive workshop sessions interspersed by two 6-8 week implementation action periods, where learnings are applied in day-to-day practice.
When and where is this program being offered? The Opioid Use Disorder Practice Support Program will be offered virtually on an ongoing basis. Participation is limited, with up to a maximum of 25 participants per session, to allow for optimal learning experiences.
- Provincial (virtual delivery): Winter 2023 Offering. Registration is now OPEN. The required learning sessions are delivered virtually via Zoom on January 10th, February 14th, and March 21st. All sessions begin at 12:30pm until 4:00pm. If you would like to register click here. If you have any questions please contact Brian MacLeod, Operations Consultant, by email (PHCPracticeSupport@nshealth.ca) or phone (902-225-8676).
Are there tools that can support me in the meantime? Yes! Check out the tools and resources linked below: