In this report, the Swedish Institute for Health Economics analyses treatment pathways for people with opioid dependence enrolled in programs at LARO clinics in the Skåne region in southern Sweden. LARO is the Swedish ackronym for Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence.
The report shows that LARO has increased in volume over time with more people gaining access to treatment and with more visits per individual. However, the increasing level of central purchases of LARO treatment medications may counteract the third phase (pharmacy phase) intentions in LARO treatment. In addition, the report indicates a quality improvement in the provision of LARO treatments as more people remain in treatment and more types of healthcare personnel seems to be involved in treatment.