55. Implementing an innovative service to support transitions in care for people with substance use disorders: Lessons learned and preliminary evaluation

55. Implementing an innovative service to support transitions in care for people with substance use disorders: Lessons learned and preliminary evaluation

55. Implementing an innovative service to support transitions in care for people with substance use disorders: Lessons learned and preliminary evaluation

Sara Ling, RN, PhD, CPMHN(C); Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto; Canada

Alison Watson, RN, MN, CPMHN(C); Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto; Canada

Learning objectives:
  1. Learn about the formation of a novel service to support patients with substance use disorders transitioning from inpatient settings to the community.
  2. Hear patient and clinician feedback about the service.
  3. Understand key lessons learned in the development and evaluation of the service from the perspectives of nurse leaders.
  4. Presentation Handout
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Abstract:

Patients are at high risk of relapse and overdose during the days and weeks immediately following withdrawal management. For this reason, it is recommended that patients transition directly from withdrawal management to ongoing addictions treatment. However, patients often face long wait times for treatment and may have limited supports during the period between withdrawal management and treatment. This presentation will describe the Intensive Recovery Discharge Team (IRDT), an interdisciplinary service providing support to patients who have been discharged from the Medical Withdrawal Service, the Emergency Department and other Acute Care units at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The IRDT works together to provide two weeks of intensive outpatient relapse prevention support and assists patients to make connections with longer-term addictions treatment and follow-up. This presentation will describe the service and share preliminary results of an evaluation of the service, including feedback from patients and clinicians.

IMPERIAL 6

MEETING ID: 828 2329 0199
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Comment (1)

  1. Theresa Moore

    At my facility in the United States, even our step down unit (intensive residential) was considered an ‘essential service’ and was allowed to stay open through the pandemic. It was very challenging though!

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