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Table 2 Physician practice with respect to buprenorphine induction

From: Buprenorphine unobserved “home” induction: a survey of Ontario’s addiction physicians

  N (%)
Practice  
Patients attends clinic in withdrawal and all of first day’s doses observed at clinic (N = 81)  
Rarely or never 8 (10)
Sometimes 13 (16)
Usually 13 (16)
Almost always 47 (58)
Patients attend clinic in withdrawal, 1–2 doses observed, take-home doses for rest of the day (N = 80)  
Rarely or never 27 (34)
Sometimes 28 (35)
Usually 12 (15)
Almost always 13 (16)
Patients given take-home doses for 1–2 days, instructed to take first dose after onset of withdrawal (N = 80)  
Rarely or never 63 (79)
Sometimes 10 (12)
Usually 3 (4)
Experience: I end up prescribing methadone because:  
The patient doesn’t want to be in withdrawal (N = 81)  
Rarely or never 17 (21)
Sometimes 38 (47)
Usually 20 (25)
Almost always 6 (7)
The patient misses the induction appointment or has trouble arriving in withdrawal on induction day (N = 80)  
Rarely or never 39 (49)
Sometimes 32 (40)
Usually 8 (10)
Almost always 1 (1)
Almost always 4 (5)