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Clinician Perceptions of Receiving Different Forms of Feedback on their Opioid Prescribing.

Klaiman T, Nelson MN, Yan XS, Navathe AS, Patel MS, Refai F, Delgado MK, Pagnotti DR, Liao JM. Clinician Perceptions of Receiving Different Forms of Feedback on their Opioid Prescribing. American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality. 2023 Jan 1; 38(1):1-8.

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Opioid misuse represents a major public health issue in the United States. One driver is overprescription for acute pain, with the size of initial prescription associated with subsequent long-term use. However, little work has been done to elicit clinician feedback about interventions to reduce opioid prescribing. To address this knowledge gap, qualitative analyses were conducted with clinicians who participated in a randomized controlled trial in which clinicians received monthly emailed feedback notifications about their opioid prescribing behaviors. Semistructured telephone interviews were conducted (N = 12) with urgent care (N = 7) and emergency department (N = 5) clinicians who participated in the trial between November 2020 and April 2021. Clinicians appreciated feedback about their prescribing behavior and found comparative data with peer clinicians to be most useful. Sharing opioid prescribing feedback data with clinicians can be an acceptable way to address opioid prescribing among emergency and urgent care clinicians.

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