Opioid use disorder is highly prevalent in the United States, and there are not enough providers licensed to provide medication-assisted-treatment. Providers cite different barriers for this lack of licensure, but a formal study has not been conducted in rural Utah to determine those barriers.
A survey was distributed to providers in rural Utah, allowing them to report what barriers they believe stand in the way of more providers becoming licensed to become certified to provide medication-assisted-treatment. These results were to be used to create a guide to help providers overcome those barriers.
No responses to the survey were received.
We expect that the lack of responses was largely in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has likely increased provider patient loads, and subsequently increased provider burnout rates.
In addition, our survey was distributed using Gmail in the form of a Word document, which may have increased the effort that providers would have to exert in order to complete and return the survey.
Using Gmail may also have sent surveys directly to spam or junk folders, so that they were not seen by all providers.
We also believe that the length of our survey may have contributed to the lack of responses. Using free-text responses could have dissuaded providers from downloading, filling out, and returning surveys.