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Human Studies

2022 Oct 26

BMC Med Educ



Educating physicians on strong opioids by descriptive versus simulated-experience formats: a randomized controlled trial.


Wegwarth O, Spies C, Ludwig W-D, Donner-Banzhoff N, Jonitz G, Hertwig R
BMC Med Educ. 2022 Oct 26; 22(1):741.
PMID: 36289483.


Long-term prescriptions of strong opioids for chronic noncancer pain-which are not supported by scientific evidence-suggest miscalibrated risk perceptions among those who prescribe, dispense, and take opioids. Because risk perceptions and behaviors can differ depending on whether people learn about risks through description or experience, we investigated the effects of descriptive versus simulated-experience educative formats on physicians' risk perceptions of strong opioids and their prescription behavior for managing chronic noncancer pain.