Regional Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Education Increases Provider Knowledge

The May issue of Connecticut Medicine, the peer-reviewed scientific journal of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS), “Finding Hope in the Battle Against the Opioid Overdose Crisis,” highlights some of the innovative strategies Connecticut’s medical community is forging to tackle this public health crisis and features dozens of experts from across the state, including: Regional Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Education Increases Provider Knowledge.  This informative piece was written by: GINA BURROWS, RN, MSN, APRN, CATHERINE WAGNER, EdD, MARK S. DEFRANCESCO, MD, MBA, JOHN F. GREENE, JR., MD, LISA HONIGFELD, PhD, CHRISTOPHER M. MOROSKY, MD, MS, KATRIONA CASAGRANDE, BA, AND MARY REICH COOPER, MD, JD

ABSTRACT – Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Comprehensive Education and Needs Training (NASCENT) is a statewide, multi-stakeholder project created to respond to neonatal abstinence syndrome.  The project demonstrated that a regional approach to education is an effective method to create awareness of the problem and knowledge of solutions. NASCENT demonstrated large improvements in both general and clinical knowledge across the three training program modules in the initial roll-out of NASCENT in north-central Connecticut.  Eighty-three percent (83%) of providers who completed the evaluations (n = 1192) would change their practice. Eighty-four percent (84%) of providers indicated that there were risk management interventions that could be implemented in their practice. Eighty-seven percent (87.3%) indicated that the information presented was useful. Forty office practices trained 177 providers and staff, and 86% reported that they intended to use the information presented. The lack of time to use the information was the most frequently cited barrier (21%).

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