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 will compare two types of messages based on behavioral economics head-to-head and in combination to reduce opioid prescription pill burden: social comparison feedback and individual audit feedback.


The study is complete and results are being evaluated.


Sutter Health System


Donaghue Foundation