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President's Message

October 21, 2020

Sabina Singh, MD – WAFP President

Sabina Singh, MD – WAFP President

“HOMER Can Help”

As demonstrated by mounting statistics and reports, the devastating effects of opioid use disorder (OUD) continues to ravage our nation and your community during these trying times. Highlighting a crisis that not only impacts the lives of individuals and families throughout your state’s home, but also the social and economic stability of Wisconsin’s future. As a first line response, providers work towards improving access to treatment and recovery services. However, many family physicians and practices struggle to treat this healthcare burden alone. This does not have to be the case. 

What if we could help advance the best practices for OUD through medication assisted treatment and provide the best chance for successful long-term management based in evidence? We want that to be a reality, and with your help in advancing this science, we can get there.

The AAFP National Research Network (AAFP NRN) in partnership with State Network of Colorado Ambulatory Practices and Partners (SNOCAP) is starting a new study called HOMER or Home vs Office for Medication Enhanced Recovery (HOMER). HOMER will compare office-based, home induction, and telehealth methods for medication assisted treatment (MAT) in patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). This study is to better understand if one induction method works better and to determine if certain patient and practice characteristics make patients better candidates for one method over the other. Results will help fill a gap in the evidence around effectively treating OUD with MAT in primary care settings, allowing providers, practices, and patients to make an informed choice on the best induction method.

This is an important opportunity for practice’s wanting to improve care for their OUD patients and are seeking more personalized MAT options. If your looking to get your MAT program up and running, please consider joining the HOMER Study by completing this short Interest Survey.  More information about the project can also be found here.

As always, stay safe and stay engaged.

Sincerely,

Sabina Singh, MD
WAFP President

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