Nudges to reduce opioid prescription pill burden

Opportunity

Drug overdose is the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, with 91 Americans dying from opioid-related overdoses each day. Physician behaviors have been shown to contribute to this epidemic. In fact, the duration of a patient’s first opioid prescription is directly related to their likelihood of taking opioids in the future.  

Approach

We partnered with Sutter Health System to design and implement a large-scale pragmatic trial at approximately 50 emergency departments and urgent care centers. We compared two types of messages that leveraged insights from behavioral economics to reduce opioid prescription pill burden.

Impact

This study is complete. Results are forthcoming.

Collaborators

Sutter Health System

Funding

Donaghue Foundation