Nudges to reduce opioid prescription pill burden


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.  


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.


This study is complete. Results are forthcoming.


Sutter Health System


Donaghue Foundation