TUESDAY, January 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) – Can a simple computer hack help overcome the opioid epidemic?
New research shows that the amount of pain medication prescribed to patients can be reduced only by lowering the default computer setting that shows the number of prescriptions.
That simple change led doctors at two California hospitals to prescribe less opioids and this method could improve opioid prescribing activities elsewhere and help prevent addiction, researchers said. help said.
Prescription opioids are an important part of the opioid crisis in the United States, the authors of the new study explain.
Dr Maria Raven said: "What is remarkable is that even in the current environment, where doctors know about the risks of opioids and often think carefully about prescribing them, this intervention has affected affect prescribing behavior ". She is the dean of the emergency department at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
"This finding is really interesting because the ability to influence patient care is significant. Reducing the number of prescribed opioids can help protect patients from opioid use disorders," she said in a statement. New university newsletter.
For the study, Raven's team looked at prescribing opioids at emergency departments at UCSF Medical Center and Central Highlands Hospital in Oakland, Calif., From November 2016 to July 2017.
For more than 20 weeks, researchers randomly changed the default settings on …