Commentary on Chang et al. (2018): Assessing prescribing volume and patient risk—implementation considerations

Suzanne Nielsen, Kari Lancaster

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The work by Chang et al. provides a useful characterization of opioid prescribing patterns. This study of more than 4 million patients identified high‐ and low‐risk patients who receive opioids, in addition to high‐ and low‐volume prescribers. Chang et al. found that patients who see high‐volume prescribers are more likely to receive more opioids, yet low‐volume prescribers also contribute importantly to overall opioid supply.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)687-688
Number of pages2
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Guidelines
  • implementation
  • prescribing
  • prescription monitoring
  • prescription opioids
  • risk profile

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