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Dembosky A. All Things Considered and KQED. January 23, 2019.
Policy, practice, and communication strategies have been implemented in an effort to stem the opioid crisis and prescribing activities that contribute to misuse. This news article and accompanying webcast discuss an initiative in California that sends letters to prescribers whose patients have died due to opioid overdose. The piece outlines unintended consequences associated with the practice, including clinician reluctance to prescribe opioids for pain. An Annual Perspective discussed the patient safety aspects of the opioid epidemic.
Medical care overuse is emerging as a patient safety hazard that can result in harms such as unneeded testing and poor end-of-life care. This collection of articles and audiovisual resources explore factors that contribute to medical care overuse and its impact on patients and their families.