Yale Emergency Department Treatment Initiation model engages a traditionally difficult to engage patient population in life-saving, evidence based treatment by meeting the patients where they are-- literally and figuratively. Patients suffering from severe substance use disorders often receive little to no medical care aside from through Emergency Departments. Rather than passing the treatment of opioid use disorders onto some other health care system, the Yale model allows immediate treatment access and initiation, followed by robust, ongoing care from a specialized provider. With a formalized pathway, patients can receive medication to prevent ongoing withdrawal and linkage to care without increasing their length of stay in an often busy ED.
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