Assessing Stakeholder’s Attitudes and Perceptions Towards Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders in the Justice-Involved
Purpose–Examine stakeholder perceptions and readiness for change regarding implementing an evidence-based treatment improvement protocol for opioid use disorder in Justice-Involved individuals residing within a state prison system. Methods–A one-time electronic survey was distributed to stakeholders using Qualtrics©. Data were analyzed using SPSS 27.0, and results tabulated. Results–The data increased understanding of stakeholder perceptions of current treatment protocols for opioid use disorder, demonstrating the need for focused education.Conclusions–Currently utilized in the system under examination are traditional evidence-based practices. The ideal future state is the replacement of older treatment practices with newer evidence-based protocols in the treatment of opioid use disorder. Internal data has now been gathered, via electronic survey, into the current stakeholder appraisal of the therapeutic benefits of OUD treatment. The data supports the need for stakeholder OUD disease and treatment education to affect a future practice change.Clinical Implications–Offering current evidence-based practice in treating OUD, a chronic illness, can improve patient outcomes. Increased understanding of barriers to providing the best evidence-based protocols is necessary for current and future practice. The research data suggests education helps navigate change. Beneficial interventions increase outcomes, decrease levels of mortality and morbidity, and increase social determinants of health.