About Us

Funding

BupPractice.com was developed by Clinical Tools, Inc (CTI) with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (Grant #N44DA65530). We gratefully acknowledge this support which was the sole funding source for this project's development.


Purpose

The lack of transfer from research into clinical practice is a challenge in all of medicine, including substance abuse treatment. There is a clear need for more primary care physicians to become involved in office-based buprenorphine practices and for research evidence to support the effectiveness of treatment, but few existing tools or resources are available to help primary care physicians (PCPs) translate this research into practice.


Development

This project has developed a collection of tools and resources to support primary care physicians (PCPs) in setting up and providing office-based treatment for opioid dependence and to aid PCPs who manage and refer patients being maintained on buprenorhine. The step-by-step How-To Guides provide guidance on topics related to opioid addiction and setting up and managing office-based buprenorphine treatment and have been reviewed by experts in buprenorphine treatment. The searchable Resource Center contains over 200 annotated resources related to buprenorphine and substance abuse, and the BupSite feature allows physicians to create their own customizable practice page.


No Industry Support

All materials on this website were developed in an industry fund free environment. No industry funding, grant or otherwise, was used to create this website or these educational activities.


Impact

BupPractice is designed to positively impact buprenorphine patient outcomes via an online training for providers. In addition to providing the knowledge and skills needed to prescribe buprenorphine safely and effectively BupPractice highlights ways to collaborate and communicate effectively with patients using a patient-centered approach, including information sharing, respect, support, and patient empowerment.

Providers who complete BupPractice will be able to establish rapport and cultivate a collaborative relationship with his or her patients. Patients who are engaged in their own treatment are more likely to pay attention to and follow important instructions regarding treatment. Additionally, providers will understand the importance of developing an accepting and supportive atmosphere to help patients return to treatment if they relapse, a point at which many patients are tempted to leave treatment.


Accreditation

Clinical Tools, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Clinical Tools, Inc. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.


Acknowledgements

The site has been put through multiple rounds of iterative usability testing with primary care physicians and revised and improved according to feedback. The contributions of our panel of expert reviewers have also been instrumental in the development of this website. Thanks also to the CTI staff members who helped to develop this website. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback as we developed the materials for this site.

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