Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2021

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Mary Zerlan DNP CRNA

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Rebecca Collier DNP CRNA


opioid use disorder, buprenorphine, Morgan County, Illinois, rural populations


The project sought to explore the perceived need for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder among primary care providers in a rural central Illinois county. This project’s primary goal was to measure the prevalence of OUD in the community and the likelihood of primary care providers referring to an outpatient MAT program. A secondary objective was to utilize the survey results as a tool for the development of a MAT program. A cohort of twenty-five primary care providers were invited to participate in a survey to assess the perceived prevalence of OUD as well as the need for increased access to outpatient MAT utilizing Buprenorphine. The majority of respondents indicated that there are not adequate outpatient treatment options for OUD, and there needs to be more access to MAT for OUD. Community support will be a vital component of moving a MAT program forward, so an education plan to promote community engagement would be essential within the proposal for a MAT program development and could be a continuance of this project. An additional option for this project's continuation would be to perform a cost analysis and develop an outpatient MAT program to treat OUD using Buprenorphine.

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