This course aims to present a framework for providing maintenance treatment for opioid use disorder with buprenorphine/naloxone, including its use in a primary care setting. The course walks the learner through the key elements of selecting, preparing, initiating and maintaining a patient with opioid use disorder on buprenorphine/naloxone treatment.
A blend of narrative text, video role-plays, short answer and multiple choice questions frame the course. Excerpts and recommendations are embedded from the CAMH publication, Buprenorphine/Naloxone for Opioid Dependence: Clinical Practice Guideline.
Outline the evidence supporting buprenorphine as a first line opioid agonist, for opioid use disorder treatment.
Integrate a collaborative approach (following the spirit of motivational interviewing) into communication with patients.
Prior to beginning their treatment, diagnose patients for opioid use disorder based on the DSM-5 criteria
Prior to beginning their treatment, assess patients for concurrent conditions that may be affecting treatment with buprenorphine/naloxone.
Determine the best evidence based treatment course for the patient's context and values.
Achieve safe and effective patient induction onto buprenorphine/naloxone in an ambulatory setting.
Manage opioid overdoses in the ambulatory setting.
Manage the maintenance stage of bup/nlx treatment in the ambulatory setting with safe, “client-centred care."
This is a self-paced, online course. The course is comprised of six modules, and learners have six weeks to complete the course.
Certification and Accreditation
Participants interested in obtaining a Certificate in Opioid Dependence Treatment must complete the ODT Core Course plus three or four elective courses to meet the certificate requirement of a total of 39 or more hours.
This course is accredited for:
The College of Family Physicians of Canada - 15.0 Mainpro+ credits
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons - 15.0 Section 1 hours
Affiliation and Partnerships
University of Toronto
January 13 - March 5, 2020 session, please click the link below to register: