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Supporting perinatal individuals with opioid use disorder and their newborns experiencing neonatal abstinence syndrome: impressions from patients and healthcare providers

Facilitating maternal-newborn involvement and care is critical for improving outcomes for perinatal individuals receiving opioid agonist therapy (OAT) and newborns experiencing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Comprehensive education strategies are needed to prepare pregnant individuals receiving OAT for navigating the perinatal period.

Ten perinatal individuals receiving OAT and ten healthcare providers participated in interviews conducted via phone or video conference using semi-structured, open-ended questions. Data were analyzed separately for the two groups and later merged across samples using a qualitative descriptive content analysis approach to identify themes.

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