How-To Guide: How to Manage Challenging Patient Behavior

Clinical tips and advice about:

  • Talking to patients about substance abuse
  • Dealing with drug-seeking patients
  • Dealing with diversion
  • Dealing with negative/disruptive behavior of some opioid dependent patients
  • Using a patient contract/agreement
  • Taking action when a patient violates a contract/agreement
  • Dealing with patient management issues specific to rural areas

Plus resources on each page with additional tips and tools!

Written by Clinical Tools, Inc.

Reviewed by experts in buprenorphine treatment

Publication date February 9, 2009. Updated December 2013.
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