Why we are recommending this best practice
Strategies for implementation
- Develop a peripartum checklist for patients with OUD, ideally with multidisciplinary input, highlighting key patient health information, current MAT therapeutic regimen, contact information for providers, and recommended activities to prepare patients for the peripartum period in the hospital (please see the Resources section of this Best Practice: Sample Peripartum Checklist for Patients with OUD).
- Develop a protocol to utilize the peripartum checklist. Plan strategically for how to incorporate the designed checklist into prenatal care (ideally at the beginning of the third trimester, or at any time for late entrants into prenatal care) and how to share the checklist with the hospital at which a patient intends to deliver (e.g., faxing when checklist is completed, and/or at 36 weeks).
- Implement peripartum checklist. Ideally patients and providers would have updated copies of the checklist and it could be customized (e.g., more elaborated paper checklist for patients, abbreviated electronic text checklist for providers). Consider incorporating it into the electronic medical record.