Assessing Opioid Dosage Using Electronic Health Records’ Prescription Data
Many patients with chronic pain rely on long-term opioid therapy, which can lead to dose-dependent harms, including opioid addiction or overdose death. Tracking opioid dose from electronic health record (EHR) data is often challenging, with variability across health systems. Standardized approach to quantify daily morphine milligram equivalent (MME) dose could help health systems and clinicians better monitor opioid prescribing, improving chronic pain care and patient safety.
Wen-Jan Tuan, DHA MS MPH1, Nalini Sehgal, MD1, June Dahl, PhD1, Aleksandra E. Zgierska, MD PhD DFASAM2
1 University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI 2 Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA