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Residents report lack of awareness about opioid use disorder

Residency Program Insider, May 11, 2018

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Eighty-four percent of incoming medical residents surveyed reported that they wanted more formal training on diagnosing and treating patients with opioid use disorder (OUD).

To track residents’ attitudes and knowledge about OUD, researchers surveyed 52 residents from four training programs— emergency medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychiatry—annually over the four years of their residency training.

According to their findings, 38% of the residents reported that they received no formal OUD training during medical school and about half felt unprepared to diagnose OUD. Only about 15% felt knowledgeable about OUD treatment and resources.

Source: Psych Congress Network



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