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Doctors underestimate how often they prescribe opioids

March 28, 2018


When it comes to writing prescriptions for opioids, nearly two-thirds of emergency department physicians underestimate how often they prescribe the highly addictive painkillers for patients. However, ED doctors who were made aware of their prescribing patterns using electronic health record data reduced prescription rates.

Thatā€™s the finding of a year-long prospective, multiā€center randomized trial conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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