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Patterns of Physician Prescribing for Opioid Maintenance Treatment in Ontario, Canada in 2014

Opioid maintenance therapy (OMT) using methadone or buprenorphine is the recommended treatment for opioid use disorder in Ontario and many jurisdictions around the world. Little is known about the physicians in Ontario who prescribe these medications and their practice patterns. While helping thousands of people, there is concern surrounding their high patient volumes and the associated quality of care provided to these patients.

This study investigates the distribution of OMT services in Ontario, the characteristics of physicians who provide OMT, and the frequency of office visits and urine drug screens for patients seeking OMT in Ontario.

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