Second Year UNE Osteopathic Medical Student Seeks Provider Input on Substance Use Disorders in Maine

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Hi, my name is Madhuri Garg, and I am a member of our research team of osteopathic medical students and research assistants at the University of New England. We are conducting a qualitative research study during the months of July and August of 2017.

Did you know that an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 Maine residents want treatment for Substance Use Disorders, but do not have access to it? To explore this question further I am looking to gather the valuable insight of practitioners, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, physician assistants, and any other healthcare providers who work with patients dealing with substance use disorders.  The goal of my research project is to identify some of the barriers to care that people with substance use disorder are currently experiencing. Through the use of this study, we will gather information about health care providers perspectives regarding patients on the substance use disorder spectrum to identify challenges, barriers, and opportunities to improve the care model for both healthcare professionals and patients.

Participation in this study is voluntary and involves a 10-minute online survey; it is IRB approved. After completing the online survey, myself or one of the members of my team will reach out to you to schedule an in-person interview that will take approximately 10 minutes. The in-person interview will be recorded through our MP3 device, will be de-identified, and then transcribed for further analysis.

Thank you in advance for your time. We look forward to working with you to accomplish this important research!

Please click on the link to complete the survey and be entered into a drawing for one of five $50 Amazon gift cards:




Madhuri Garg




Madhuri is a second year osteopathic medicine student in UNE’s College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2020.  She is also a member of UNE’s Care for the Underserved Pathway (CUP) Scholar Program through UNE’s Center for Excellence in Health Innovation.  As a member of UNE’s CUP Scholar Program, Madhuri has expressed a strong interested in caring for the underserved, population health, and service learning.  Additionally, Madhuri is a strong advocate for patients struggling with Substance Use.  She is a member of the Maine Co-occuring Collaborative Serving Maine and she attended this years annual CCSME conference on Building Community Response to the Maine Opioid Crisis.  

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