Buprenorphine Induction Simulation: Focus on Patient Safety and Quality Care

Marissa D. Abram, Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Maryann O. Forbes

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Background: Provider education for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) primarily relies on didactic instruction. Clinical simulation that enhances the ability of advanced practice nurses (APRNs) is needed to effectively and safely implement MAT. Method: We developed and conducted a pilot study of a MAT clinical simulation designed to enhance patient safety and increase MAT competency. Results: Clinical simulation improved APRN preparedness to effectively implement MAT. In addition, students indicated increased self-efficacy and better understanding of patient safety. Conclusions: Clinical simulation is an innovative way to teach APRN students to effectively implement buprenorphine treatment while ensuring patient safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-41
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
StateE-pub ahead of print - Jan 18 2020


  • buprenorphine induction
  • buprenorphine simulation
  • graduate nurse education
  • opioid treatment
  • patient safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Education
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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