Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Provision of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: A Survey of Knowledge, Engagement, and Perception

Authors: Rebecca L. Haffajee, JD, PhD, MPH | Barbara Andraka-Christou, JD, PhD | Dana Foney, PhD, MS | Angela Beck, PhD, MPH | Cory Page, MPH, MPP | Jessica Buche, MPH, MA

Topics: Behavioral Health, Nursing, Staffing

Research Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center

October 1, 2018

Authorizing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe medication-assisted treatment (MAT) has the potential to expand Americans’ access to opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment, as nurse practitioners are more likely to serve rural and Medicaid-eligible populations than physicians, and physician assistants specialize in expanding physicians’ practice.

This report helps to understand how the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) has affected nurse practitioners and physician assistants, their perspectives on providing MAT, and their barriers to providing MAT.

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