A new study is focused on understanding how the relationship between patients and where they live affects patients’ likelihood of an opioid overdose, with the goal of identifying the most at-risk patients. HealthInsight, a nonprofit health care improvement organization, is working with researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brandeis University and McLean Hospital. The five-year study (2018 through 2023) is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Every 19 minutes, one American dies from an opioid overdose. While a great deal of attention has been focused on reducing these deaths in the past decade, with numerous interventions and training programs being created to address risky prescribing, there are still critical gaps in knowledge regarding factors that can predict overdose risk. Previous studies have identified some patient factors associated with higher risk of overdose, but little research has examined how these interact with household and community risk…Read more