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This project aims to develop and implement group well care for mothers and infants receiving care for opioid use disorder (OUD). Groups would be composed of 5-7 mothers and infants of similar age with extension of sessions to allow group activities and parenting discussions. To evaluate acceptability and feasibility of this care model, we sought to examine attitudes and beliefs from these mothers, in particular the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.


A qualitative interview study of women receiving treatment for OUD at Maternal Addiction Treatment Education and Research at Thomas Jefferson University from October – December 2020 was conducted. Participants were eligible if they had a child < 2 years of age. Study procedures including recruitment, consent, and data collection were conducted by telephone. Participants were administered a 24-item survey to asses demographic and clinical information. This was followed by a semi-structured, open-ended interview to collect information on (1) priorities for pediatric care (2) attitudes toward a group care, and (3) potential barriers– including COVID-19. Percentages from survey items were calculated. Thematic analysis is planned to identify meaningful patterns in interview responses.


Among the 22 participants with completed data collection, 40.9% were “very likely” and 18.2% “likely” to bring their child to participate. Themes describing mother’s feelings towards group-care during the COVID-19 pandemic will be identified upon study completion.


In a sample of mothers in treatment for OUD, interest in group well care was identified. Further thematic analysis will assess attitudes and beliefs towards the intervention related to COVID-19.



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