Emerging research from Workit Labs

Workit’s research team completed the first study assessing telemedicine treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) among rural Americans post-COVID. This study, the largest sample of American OUD patients in rural areas to date, showed significant results which support the use of Workit Health’s telemedicine program to treat OUD.

Reaching rural areas

Metrics that matter

62%

3-month retention

Compare this to 50% 3-month retention rates reported in extant studies on telemedicine-delivered OUD treatment among patients living in both rural and rural/non-rural areas.

99%

Adherence

Urinary drug tests showed 99% of participants tested positive for buprenorphine at all time points, demonstrating strong adherence to the treatment program and very little diversion.

79%

Tested Negative for Other substances

Workit Health's focus on harm reduction encouraged participation and allowed participants to remain active and engaged without fear of dismissal, despite ~20% of participants testing positive for unexpected substances in their urinary drug screens. 

Areas of research focus

Our current areas of study include:

Our publications and presentations

Retention in Telehealth Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Among Rural Populations: A Retrospective Cohort Study

May 15, 2023

Published in Telemedicine and e-Health

Retention in Telehealth Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Among Rural Populations

April 14, 2023

Poster presented at the American Society of Addiction Medicine 54th Annual Conference

Chatbots: Increasing Patient and Provider Engagement in Substance Use Disorder Care

May 21, 2023

Presented at the 2023 American Psychiatric Association Meeting

Innovations in Small Business Telehealth Technologies for Substance Use Disorders: Automated Assessments, Electronic Health Record Integrations, and Medication Shipping

June 19, 2023

Poster presented at the 2023 College on Problems of Drug Dependence Meeting.

Retention in Telehealth Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder among Pregnant People

June 20, 2023

Presented at the 2023 College on Problems of Drug Dependence Meeting

Workit Labs is committed to exploring innovations in addiction medicine and telehealth technologies through dedicated research and academic rigor

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