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Discrepancies in written versus calculated durations in opioid prescriptions: pre-post study.

Slovis BH, Kairys J, Babula B, et al. Discrepancies in written versus calculated durations in opioid prescriptions: pre-post study. JMIR Med Inform. 2020;8(3). doi:10.2196/16199.

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April 22, 2020
Slovis BH, Kairys J, Babula B, et al. JMIR Med Inform. 2020;8(3).

This study examined differences in the treatment duration written in an opioid prescription versus the duration associated with the dosing frequency and number of pills per day. Over a 22-month period, nearly 17% of opioid prescriptions were for a duration greater than what was documented in the prescription. The study found that making the opioid prescription duration a required field in the electronic health record (EHR) reduced the discrepancy between the written and calculated durations but did not eliminate the discrepancies.

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Slovis BH, Kairys J, Babula B, et al. Discrepancies in written versus calculated durations in opioid prescriptions: pre-post study. JMIR Med Inform. 2020;8(3). doi:10.2196/16199.