Publications by authors named "Jessica L Coker"

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Postpartum psychosis and SARS-CoV-2 infection: is there a correlation?

Arch Womens Ment Health 2021 Jun 3. Epub 2021 Jun 3.

Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 W. Markham Street, Little Rock, AR, 72205, USA.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on mental health. Cases of psychosis associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection have been noted. The Women's Mental Health Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences determined four-fold increase from data from the last 5 years. We propose that the pandemic should be considered a risk factor for postpartum psychosis. Providers should emphasize sleep hygiene and monitor carefully for psychosis in postpartum women.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00737-021-01150-3DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8175096PMC
June 2021

Clearance of buprenorphine during pregnancy and neonatal outcomes.

Arch Womens Ment Health 2021 Apr 16. Epub 2021 Apr 16.

Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA.

Buprenorphine is emerging as the preferred pharmacologic treatment for opioid use disorder during pregnancy. We examined the relative plasma clearance of buprenorphine (BUP) across pregnancy. Pregnant women with opioid use disorder participating in a prospective, observational study from 2013 to 2016 on stress in pregnancy who were receiving BUP for opioid use disorder were included. Women with an active eating disorder or suicidal ideation were excluded. Research visits occurred at 4-6-week intervals across pregnancy and the early postpartum period and included medication exposure history and blood samples. All assays for BUP serum concentrations at steady state were completed. Relative weight-adjusted clearance (Cl) was calculated using Cl = (daily dose [mg]/ body weight [kg])/serum concentration [ng/ml]. We collected 112 maternal blood samples from 29 women throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period. Serum concentrations for BUP ranged from < 0.2 to 15.8 ng/ml. Eleven women, with greater than three collected samples, increased their daily dose of BUP during pregnancy; however, there were no significant differences in relative clearance of BUP across this same period. This data suggests that women with opioid use disorder receiving BUP did not demonstrate a significant increase in BUP clearance across pregnancy despite increase in dosages during pregnancy. When selecting an appropriate BUP dosage for management of perinatal opioid use disorder, gestational stage appears not to be an important covariate and should be based on an individualized approach.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00737-021-01128-1DOI Listing
April 2021

Continuous Fetal Monitoring During Electroconvulsive Therapy: A Prospective Observation Study.

Int J Womens Health 2021 6;13:1-7. Epub 2021 Jan 6.

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Madison, WI, USA.

Objective: The use of electroconvulsive therapy in pregnancy has been limited by concerns about its effects on fetal well-being, despite limited evidence that suggests it is safe and effective. No studies have utilized continuous fetal heart rate monitoring during electroconvulsive therapy sessions. We aimed to describe the fetal heart rate patterns of patients undergoing electroconvulsive therapy.

Design: This study is a prospective case series of pregnant patients undergoing electroconvulsive therapy with continuous fetal heart rate monitoring.

Setting: University-based hospital.

Population: Pregnant patients with a psychiatric indication for electroconvulsive therapy.

Methods: Patients underwent fetal heart rate monitoring immediately prior, during and immediately after ECT therapy.

Main Outcome Measures: Characterization of the fetal heart rate tracing.

Results: Five subjects underwent 44 electroconvulsive therapy sessions. Continuous fetal monitoring was performed on 34 of the sessions. Transient fetal heart rate decelerations occurred in 4 sessions, all self-resolved and none required intervention.

Conclusion: This case series is the first to report the results of continuous FHR monitoring during electroconvulsive therapy. The most common finding was a transient, self-resolving bradycardia that was not associated with adverse perinatal outcomes. This supports the opinion that electroconvulsive therapy is a safe treatment option in pregnancy in women with severe mental disease.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/IJWH.S290934DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7797309PMC
January 2021

Buprenorphine Medication for Opioid Use Disorder: A Study of Factors Associated With Postpartum Treatment Retention.

Am J Addict 2021 01 16;30(1):43-48. Epub 2020 Jul 16.

Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.

Background And Objectives: The factors associated with medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) treatment retention among pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) are largely unknown. This study sought to characterize factors associated with postpartum treatment retention.

Methods: A retrospective chart review from 2014 to 2017 was conducted among women with OUD in pregnancy treated with buprenorphine. Women were assigned to the treatment retention group if they attended an appointment within 10 to 14 weeks postpartum. Others were assigned to the dropout group. The groups were compared using bivariate analysis for sociodemographic variables, obstetrical and neonatal outcomes, clinical and subjective opioid withdrawal symptoms, buprenorphine dosage, urine drug toxicology (UDT) results, and other factors.

Results: A total of 64 pregnancies received treatment until delivery, and 47 (73.1%) were retained in treatment by 12 weeks postpartum. The treatment dropout group had lower buprenorphine doses at delivery, a higher percentage of benzodiazepine positive UDT, and number of UDT positive for benzodiazepine in the third trimester. Breastfeeding rates were higher in the treatment retention group.

Discussion And Conclusions: Future research of variables related to postpartum treatment retention is needed to provide guidelines regarding MOUD during the perinatal period and to optimize maternal and fetal well-being.

Scientific Significance: This study supports previous recommendations that aggressive treatment of withdrawal symptoms in pregnant women with OUD is needed to maximize treatment retention. This is the first study to find that breastfeeding was associated with postpartum treatment retention; while, increased use of benzodiazepines during pregnancy was associated with postpartum treatment dropout. (Am J Addict 2021;30:43-48).
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajad.13084DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7772251PMC
January 2021

Drug screening during pregnancy: Urine dip cups measure up.

Drug Alcohol Depend 2019 11 30;204:107461. Epub 2019 Aug 30.

Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA; Arkansas Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention, Arkansas Children's Research Institute, Little Rock, AR, USA. Electronic address:

Background: Substance use during pregnancy is a major medical and public health concern. Determination of the most appropriate screening protocol remains a clinical conundrum. Interviews and/or laboratory drug screens may be costly, inaccurate, and are frequently inadequate to identify patterns of substance use for a given population or geographic area. We compared commercially available urine "dip cup" toxicology screens obtained in the clinic to university hospital drug toxicology results.

Methods: 267 observed urine samples were collected from pregnant women with known substance use disorders enrolled in a specialized treatment program that included access to buprenorphine medication-assisted treatment. Each urine sample was tested by commercial dip cup with temperature confirmation and then sent to the university hospital laboratory for analyses. The number of substances detected and cost for each screening method were compared.

Results: Uniformly, the dip cup had comparable detection of amphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine, methadone, opiates, and tetrahydrocannabinol to the university hospital laboratory with the exception of benzodiazepines. In addition, the dip cup detected use of buprenorphine (a commonly misused opiate receptor ligand not included in the hospital screen) and was significantly less expensive.

Conclusions: Commercially available urine dip cups are cost-effective, equally comparable to hospital based screening, and provide 'real time' results germane to clinical care and treatment planning.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.04.032DOI Listing
November 2019

Buprenorphine medication-assisted treatment during pregnancy: An exploratory factor analysis associated with adherence.

Drug Alcohol Depend 2018 11 15;192:146-149. Epub 2018 Sep 15.

Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin, 6001 Research Park Blvd, Madison, WI, 53719 USA. Electronic address:

Background: The treatment of pregnant women with opioid use disorder is challenging due to the myriad of physical, mental, and social complications. Factors influencing adherence to buprenorphine during pregnancy have not been identified.

Materials And Methods: Pregnant women with opioid use disorder followed in a tertiary clinic were included in a retrospective chart review from buprenorphine induction through delivery. All women who had been evaluated and treated with buprenorphine from January 1, 2014, to September 31, 2016, were included. Adherence was defined as follows: 1) adherent: attended follow up visits, negative urine toxicology screens, and phase advancement; 2) moderately adherent: attended follow up visits until delivery, had not completed six negative urine toxicology screens, or had positive urine toxicology screens (i.e., no phase advancement); 3) non-adherent: missed follow up visits and did not stay in treatment until delivery. Sociodemographic characteristics, family psychiatric history, current and lifetime psychiatric and childhood trauma along with treatment factors were compared by category of adherence.

Results: 64 women met criteria for inclusion in this study with 41 (64%) adherent; eight (13%) moderately adherent; and 15 (23%) non-adherent. In the non-adherent group compared to the adherent group, the clinician-rated opioid withdrawal scale score was significantly higher, and the daily buprenorphine dose at last visit was significantly lower.

Conclusions: Women who were non-adherent to buprenorphine during pregnancy had higher severity of opioid withdrawal symptoms and lower doses of buprenorphine. These findings should be further explored with the goal of optimizing care without increasing risk for neonates.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.07.042DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6741779PMC
November 2018

Fetal assessment in buprenorphine-maintained women using fetal magnetoencephalography: a pilot study.

Addiction 2018 10 13;113(10):1895-1904. Epub 2018 Jun 13.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, USA.

Background And Aims: In-utero exposure to opioids including buprenorphine (BUP) has been shown to affect fetal activity, specifically heart-rate variability (FHRV) and fetal movement (FM). Our objective was to extract simultaneous recordings of fetal cardiac and brain-related activity in BUP-maintained and non-opioid exposed pregnant women using a novel non-invasive biomagnetic technique.

Design: A pilot study was conducted, recording and analyzing biomagnetic data from fetuses of BUP-maintained and non-opioid exposed pregnant women. Signals were acquired with the non-invasive 151-channel SARA (SQUID-Array for Reproductive Assessment) system. Advanced signal-processing techniques were applied to extract fetal heart and brain activity.

Setting: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA).

Participants: Eight BUP-maintained pregnant women from UAMS Women's Mental Health Program between gestational ages (GA) of 29-37 weeks who were treated with 8-24 mg of BUP daily. Sixteen pregnant women with no known opioid exposure in the same GA range were also included.

Measurements: Outcome measures from the fetal heart and brain signals included: heart rate (FHR), FM, FHR accelerations, FHR-FM coupling, FHRV, fetal behavioral states (FBS) and power spectral density (PSD) of spontaneous brain activity. These measures were analyzed at three GA intervals.

Findings: Fetal heart and brain activity parameters were extracted and quantified successfully from 18 non-opioid and 16 BUP recordings. Overall analysis in both groups show that: FHR and FM ranged from 131 to 141 beats per minute (b.p.m.) and 5 to 11 counts, respectively. In the 35-37 weeks GA, the coupling duration (~9 s) was the shortest, while three of the FHRV parameters were the highest. The PSD of brain activity revealed highest power in 0.5-4 Hz bandwidth. Transitions in FBS from quiet to active sleep were > 50% of sessions.

Conclusions: This pilot study showed that a novel biomagnetic technique allows simultaneous quantification of cardiac and brain activities of a group of buprenorphine-exposed and non-exposed fetuses in the third trimester.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.14266DOI Listing
October 2018

Fetal assessment in buprenorphine-maintained women using fetal magnetoencephalography: a pilot study.

Addiction 2018 10 13;113(10):1895-1904. Epub 2018 Jun 13.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, USA.

Background And Aims: In-utero exposure to opioids including buprenorphine (BUP) has been shown to affect fetal activity, specifically heart-rate variability (FHRV) and fetal movement (FM). Our objective was to extract simultaneous recordings of fetal cardiac and brain-related activity in BUP-maintained and non-opioid exposed pregnant women using a novel non-invasive biomagnetic technique.

Design: A pilot study was conducted, recording and analyzing biomagnetic data from fetuses of BUP-maintained and non-opioid exposed pregnant women. Signals were acquired with the non-invasive 151-channel SARA (SQUID-Array for Reproductive Assessment) system. Advanced signal-processing techniques were applied to extract fetal heart and brain activity.

Setting: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA).

Participants: Eight BUP-maintained pregnant women from UAMS Women's Mental Health Program between gestational ages (GA) of 29-37 weeks who were treated with 8-24 mg of BUP daily. Sixteen pregnant women with no known opioid exposure in the same GA range were also included.

Measurements: Outcome measures from the fetal heart and brain signals included: heart rate (FHR), FM, FHR accelerations, FHR-FM coupling, FHRV, fetal behavioral states (FBS) and power spectral density (PSD) of spontaneous brain activity. These measures were analyzed at three GA intervals.

Findings: Fetal heart and brain activity parameters were extracted and quantified successfully from 18 non-opioid and 16 BUP recordings. Overall analysis in both groups show that: FHR and FM ranged from 131 to 141 beats per minute (b.p.m.) and 5 to 11 counts, respectively. In the 35-37 weeks GA, the coupling duration (~9 s) was the shortest, while three of the FHRV parameters were the highest. The PSD of brain activity revealed highest power in 0.5-4 Hz bandwidth. Transitions in FBS from quiet to active sleep were > 50% of sessions.

Conclusions: This pilot study showed that a novel biomagnetic technique allows simultaneous quantification of cardiac and brain activities of a group of buprenorphine-exposed and non-exposed fetuses in the third trimester.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.14266DOI Listing
October 2018

Perinatal Substance Abuse: At the Clinical Crossroads of Policy and Practice.

Am J Psychiatry 2016 11;173(11):1077-1080

From the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1176/appi.ajp.2015.15081104DOI Listing
November 2016

Pregnancy and Electroconvulsive Therapy: A Multidisciplinary Approach.

J ECT 2016 Jun;32(2):104-12

From the *Departments of Psychiatry, †Obstetrics and Gynecology, ‡Anesthesiology, and §Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR.

Objective: To scrutinize a series of pregnant women treated with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) at a tertiary treatment center and combine these data with a literature review to refine the treatment guidelines for ECT during pregnancy.

Methods: A retrospective chart review of mentally ill pregnant patients treated with ECT since the establishment of a formal women's mental health program.

Results: A total of 8 pregnant women treated with ECT were identified from January 2012 to August 2014. Information was extracted from the medical records of a total of 30 ECT treatments across this group. Subjects received an average of 3.75 ECT treatments (range, 1-7). All women were diagnosed as having a mood disorder (either unipolar or bipolar), and 5 of the 8 women had suicidal ideation. The treatment team for ECT was consistent across all treatments. Two women experienced significant complications after the initial treatment: 1) an acute episode of complete heart block; and 2) acute onset of mania after ECT. Obstetrical complications included 2 women with preterm delivery-one secondary to premature rupture of membranes. No other complications or adverse outcomes were recorded. The 5 women with suicidal ideation had symptom resolution, and significant symptom improvement was noted in 6 of the 8 women.

Conclusions: Electroconvulsive therapy is a safe and effective treatment during pregnancy and of particular benefit in the acute treatment of suicidal ideation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/YCT.0000000000000297DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4877273PMC
June 2016