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2022 Mar 31

BMJ Open



Interventions for physician prescribers of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain: protocol for an overview of systematic reviews.


Wennberg E, Windle SB, Filion KB, Gore G, Thombs BD, Kudrina I, Paraskevopoulos E, Martel MO, Kimmelman J, Johnson S, Taylor A, Eisenberg MJ
BMJ Open. 2022 Mar 31; 12(3):e060964.
PMID: 35361655.


Interventions targeting behaviours of physician prescribers of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain have been introduced to combat the opioid crisis. Systematic reviews have evaluated effects of specific interventions (eg, prescriber education, prescription drug monitoring programmes) on patient and population health outcomes and prescriber behaviour. Integration of findings across intervention types is needed to better understand the effects of prescriber-targeted interventions.