Mobile phone messaging during unobserved "home" induction to buprenorphine

Babak Tofighi, Ellie Grossman, Scott Sherman, Edward V. Nunes, Joshua D. Lee

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The deployment of health information technologies promises to optimize clinical outcomes for populations with substance use disorders. Electronic health records, web-based counseling interventions, and mobile phone applications enhance the delivery of evidence-based behavioral and pharmacological treatments, with minimal burden to clinical personnel, infrastructure, and work flows. This clinical case shares a recent experience utilizing mobile phone text messaging between an office-based buprenorphine provider in a safety net ambulatory clinic and a patient seeking buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder. The case highlights the use of text message-based physician-patient communication to facilitate unobserved "home" induction onto buprenorphine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-313
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Addiction Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2016


  • Buprenorphine
  • Mhealth
  • Opioid use disorder
  • Text messaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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