As addiction crisis grows, Penn 'nudges' doctors to limit opioid prescriptions


With regards to the opioid addiction crisis, a University of Pennsylvania study has found a simple way to nudge emergency department doctors in the right direction: set the electronic medical records system to default to the recommended 10 opioid pills, or about a three-day supply, to treat acute pain. This resulted in increased prescriptions written for 10 tablets rather than 20 tablets at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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