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Clinical Trials Update
May 25, 2021

Patient Navigation Reduces Substance Abuse Disorder Readmissions

JAMA. 2021;325(20):2039. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.7723

Proactive patient navigation services reduced inpatient readmissions and emergency department visits among hospitalized patients with comorbid substance use disorders (SUDs) in a trial at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

The trial, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, randomly assigned 400 adult patients with opioid, cocaine, or alcohol use disorders to navigation services to avoid rehospitalization (NavSTAR) or to treatment as usual, which included medical care and counseling and treatment from an addiction consultation service. All participants received addiction consultations while they were hospitalized.