Isabel Plakas

Student, Johns Hopkins University

2 active projects

Suboxone Utilization in Hispanic Patients with SUD

I will be looking into the rates of Hispanic patients with SUD who have been prescribed/taken buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone, compared to non-hispanic individuals. Harm reduction services and such as syringe service programs and Medication for Opioid Use Disorder…

Scientific Questions Being Studied

I will be looking into the rates of Hispanic patients with SUD who have been prescribed/taken buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone, compared to non-hispanic individuals.

Harm reduction services and such as syringe service programs and Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) are predominantly utilized by non-hispanic individuals. There is a need to explore at what rates Latinx individuals utilize these services and what barriers exist to accessing these resources. Some questions that may additionally be looked at include whether a patient has ever felt as though they could relate to their provider, if there was a language barrier, if their provider acted as though they were smarter than the patient, and if the provider acted as though they were afraid of the patient.

I predict Latinx patients with SUD are prescribed Suboxone less than their non-Latinx counterparts due to SDOH, and barriers in the healthcare system that make them unable or unwilling to engage with services.

Project Purpose(s)

  • Educational

Scientific Approaches

Will utilize the All of Us Data base as well as the workbench to look at prescribing of buprenorphine, diagnosis of SUD, and answers to survey questions about health care access and utilization. Python will be used to analyze the data.

Anticipated Findings

I predict Latinx patients with SUD are prescribed Suboxone less than their non-Latinx counterparts due to SDOH, stigma, and barriers in the healthcare system that make them unable or unwilling to engage with services.

It is important that research is done on Latinx patients with substance use disorder in order to create more equitable and relevant research findings to the population of PWUD, and in order to identify and address any barriers. Overdose can be fatal but is 100% preventable, and MOUD such as Suboxone is one crucial way to decrease the risk of fatal overdose.

Demographic Categories of Interest

  • Race / Ethnicity
  • Others

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Research on perceived stigma and patients with substance use disorder

Drug use is controversial, especially when it involves illicit substances. Research shows that people who use drugs (PWUD) often face discrimination and stigma in healthcare settings, which results in them leaving against medical advice, or not returning despite needing critical…

Scientific Questions Being Studied

Drug use is controversial, especially when it involves illicit substances. Research shows that people who use drugs (PWUD) often face discrimination and stigma in healthcare settings, which results in them leaving against medical advice, or not returning despite needing critical medical attention.

I will be looking at the data from participants who identify as having a substance use disorder (SUD) and their experiences in healthcare settings. One question that will be looked at is: How often were you treated with respect by your doctors or health care provdiers?

Despite SUD being a medical diagnosis, I want to investigate how patients with this diagnosis are treated differently than those with other medical diagnoses such as diabetes or osteoarthritis.

Project Purpose(s)

  • Social / Behavioral

Scientific Approaches

I will be utilizing the All of Us Research Workbench and qualitative data looking at survey results from patients regarding their experiences in healthcare settings.

Anticipated Findings

I anticipate to find that PWUD perceive lower levels of respect from healthcare professionals as compared to patients with other medical diagnoses and no history of SUD. These findings will help emphasize the stigma and bias that exists in medicine, so that we can encourage practitioners to unlearn the harmful and inaccurate narratives surrounding SUD, perpetuated by the racist war on drugs. By doing this, we can become better listeners, healers, and advocates.

Demographic Categories of Interest

  • Others

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