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HHS Non-systematic Review

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Last Reviewed: August 2020

In this rapid evidence review, researchers looked at systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials to summarize evidence on the effectiveness of interventions involving medications for addiction treatment (MAT) in adults with opioid use disorder. They found that people who get longer-term MAT treatment have better outcomes but noted that fewer than half of the studies in their review measured treatment retention as a primary outcome. They also looked at the effectiveness of specific medicines and at the effects of combining MAT with other services.

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Chan B, Gean E, Arkhipova-Jenkins I, et al. (2020) Retention Strategies for Medications for Addiction Treatment in Adults With Opioid Use Disorder: A Rapid Evidence Review. AHRQ Publication No. 20-EHC012. Retrieved from https://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/products/retention-strategies-opioid-use-disorder/rapid-research