Prescribing Patterns in Emergency Department May Be Affected by Race, Sex
Patient data were used to retrospectively examine opioid prescribing patterns for patients presenting with primary appendicitis or gallbladder disease diagnoses.
Big data has enabled public health authorities to identify doctor-shopping patients and those who needed treatment for opioid abuse. The trade-off, however, could be patient and provider privacy.
A set of demographic, substance use, and treatment characteristics has been found to have a high prevalence in pregnant women with opioid use disorder.
Proponents of supervised injection sites argue they save lives. Critics say they discourage treatment. Where do you stand?