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Hanley K, Zabar S, Altshuler L
Opioid vs nonopioid prescribers: variations in care for a standardized acute back pain case.
This paper describes the design and use of an opioid-related unannounced standardized patient case (USP) used in a residency curriculum. Researchers designed and fielded an unannounced standardized patient case involving a patient with acute back pain who requested Vicodin (5/325 mg). They described residents' case management and examined whether their management decisions, including opioid prescribing, were related to their core clinical skills. The case designers found that most Vicodin prescribers did not follow prescribing guidelines, and demonstrated better communication and assessment skills than the nonprescribers. Results suggest the need to guide residents in using a systematic approach to prescribing opioids safely and to develop an acceptable alternative pain management plan when they decide against prescribing.
Citation: Hanley K, Zabar S, Altshuler L . Opioid vs nonopioid prescribers: variations in care for a standardized acute back pain case. Subst Abus 2017 Jul-Sep;38(3):324-29. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2017.1319894..
Keywords: Back Health and Pain, Education: Curriculum, Opioids, Practice Patterns