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The Tulane-ECHO Vision

We are a partner that trains, mentors, and supports community providers on complex health issues to help improve lives of individuals, families, and communities in Louisiana.

Goals & Objectives

We will maintain and expand a comprehensive electronic repository of training materials and educational resources to support evidence-based treatment of opioid use disorder.

We will provide training designed to increase the knowledge base and clinical proficiency of prescribers and providers from diverse multi-disciplinary healthcare backgrounds.

An on-line curriculum includes:

  • Patient selection and matching with treatment setting (residential, outpatient program, office-based) and specific medications (methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone).
  • Practical guidelines for detoxification (both outpatient and inpatient).
  • Implementing antagonist-based treatment, managing long-term maintenance on medications.
  • Transitioning from agonist- to antagonist-based treatment.
  • Managing substance use and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
  • Treatment of individuals with co-occurring medical problems and chronic pain.
  • Treatment in specialized populations such as adolescents, elderly, pregnant women, and those involved in veterans and criminal justice healthcare systems (for detailed description of the training curriculum, see below).

The content of educational resources is overseen by a panel of experienced clinicians, researchers, and educators forming a Clinical Expert Panel.

We expect to expand existing clinical mentoring programs to provide guidance to prescribers and key health professionals on prevention, identification, and treatment of opioid use disorder.

The program provides clinical mentors and matches them with clinicians. Communications between mentors and clinicians is primarily via phone and Internet (email, video). A discussion forum, moderated by an addiction expert, allows healthcare professionals to post questions and to encourage communication among a wide range of providers.

What is Project ECHO?

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Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a movement, whose mission is to develop the capacity to demonopolize knowledge and amplify the capacity to provide best practice care for underserved people all over the world. The ECHO model links specialist teams at academic ‘hubs’ with primary care clinicians in local communities – the ‘spokes’ of the model. Together, they participate in regular teleECHO sessions, which are like virtual grand rounds, combined with mentoring and patient case presentations. These sessions are supported by basic, widely available teleconferencing technology that enables providers to join from anywhere using a computer or mobile device. ECHO creates an ongoing learning community where primary care clinicians receive support and develop the skills needed to treat a specific condition in an “all-learn, all-teach” environment. 

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