Gastroenterology

Documentation for justifying opioid prescriptions often lacking

Tisamarie B. Sherry
A medical indication is not documented for many outpatient opioid prescriptions, according to findings published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
“Medical use of opioids has increased dramatically over the past 2 decades, far exceeding increases in the prevalence of pain,” Tisamarie B. Sherry, MD, PhD, from the RAND Corporation and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and colleagues wrote. “This discrepancy may reflect efforts to address undertreatment of pain but has raised concerns about the appropriateness of physicians’ prescribing practices and

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