Title

Shifts in Attitudes and Intentions to Practice Following Medication-Assisted Treatment Training

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

The Journal of Physician Assistant Education

Volume

32

Issue

3

Publisher

Physician Assistant Education Association

Publication Date

9-1-2021

First Page

182

Last Page

184

Abstract

Purpose The Idaho State University Physician Assistant (PA) program was one of the first PA programs in the country to incorporate medication-assisted treatment (MAT) into its curriculum. This manuscript documents the impact of the course. Methods In the spring and summer of 2018, 61 students and 12 local providers enrolled in an elective MAT course developed by Idaho State University. All completed the training. At the end of the course, only the students submitted reflective essays. Results A review and coding of the essays indicated that MAT education increased knowledge about addiction and resulted in self-reported decreases in negative attitudes towards people with addictions. Conclusion PA programs can support communities' increased capacity to offer MAT. A widely available course appears to result in important gains in both knowledge and attitude.

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