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Table 3 Physician beliefs on buprenorphine

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

  N (%)
Compared to office induction, home induction is:  
Risky because it is against the guidelines (N = 77)  
Strongly agree 15 (19)
Agree 31 (40)
Neutral 19 (25)
Disagree 7 (9)
Strongly disagree 5 (7)
Increases the risk of adverse events such as precipitated withdrawal (N = 78)  
Strongly agree 22 (28)
Agree 26 (33)
Neutral 17 (22)
Disagree 10 (13)
Strongly disagree 3 (4)
Increases the risk of diversion (N = 78)  
Strongly agree 17 (22)
Agree 34 (44)
Neutral 14 (18)
Disagree 9 (11)
Strongly disagree 4 (5)
Buprenorphine is preferred over methadone for patients who are adolescents or younger patients (N = 85)  
 Strongly agree 33 (39)
 Agree 37 (44)
 Neutral 8 (9)
 Disagree 7 (8)
 Strongly disagree 0 (0)
Physicians who lack a methadone exemption should prescribe buprenorphine for patients who must travel long distances to attend a methadone clinic (N = 83)  
 Strongly agree 17 (21)
 Agree 35 (42)
 Neutral 15 (18)
 Disagree 10 (12)
 Strongly disagree 6 (7)
Compared to office induction, home induction is:  
More convenient for patients (N = 77)  
Strongly agree 14 (18)
Agree 35 (46)
Neutral 21 (27)
Disagree 4 (5)
Strongly disagree 3 (4)
More convenient for physicians (N = 78)  
Strongly agree 10 (13)
Agree 17 (22)
Neutral 27 (34)
Disagree 18 (23)
Strongly disagree 6 (8)
Physicians who lack a methadone exemption should prescribe buprenorphine:  
For stable patients transferred from an addiction physician (N = 83)  
Strongly agree 23 (28)
Agree 23 (28)
Neutral 18 (22)
Disagree 11 (13)
Strongly disagree 8 (9)
For stable patients who must travel long distances to attend a methadone clinic (N = 83)  
Strongly agree 17 (21)
Agree 35 (42)
Neutral 15 (18)
Disagree 10 (12)
Strongly disagree 6 (7)
Rarely, if ever, because they lack the knowledge and skill to prescribe safely (N = 83)  
Strongly agree 7 (8)
Agree 23 (28)
Neutral 16 (19)
Disagree 29 (35)
Strongly disagree 8 (10)