Physicians’ interest in different strategies for supporting pain management and opioid prescribing: A cross-sectional study
Keywords:pain management, opioid prescribing, physician attitudes, intervention, implementation, support strategies
Objective: The purpose of this study was to explore physicians’ attitudes toward different strategies for supporting pain management and opioid prescribing and to identify factors related to their attitudes toward the support strategies.
Design/setting/participants/measures: This preliminary cross-sectional study collected and analyzed online survey responses from physicians in Texas and Minnesota (N = 69) between December 2017 and February 2018. Primary outcomes were physicians’ interest in online continuing medical education (CME), mHealth patient monitoring system, and short, non-CME YouTube informational briefs about pain management and opioid prescribing. Multiple logistic regression models were used to examine the associations between physicians’ characteristics, attitudes, training, experience, practice setting, and their interest in three different support strategies.
Results: About 51-58 percent of physicians indicated moderate-to-extreme interest in online CME (54 percent), mHealth monitoring (58 percent), and short, non-CME YouTube informational briefs (51 percent). Physicians, who practiced in a medium or large practice setting, were less likely to be interested in online CME or short, non-CME YouTube informational briefs. Physicians who prescribed a small number of Schedule II opioids were more likely to be interested in short, non-CME YouTube informational briefs and mHealth monitoring.
Conclusions: Findings suggest that physicians may have different preferences in strategies for supporting their pain management and opioid prescribing practices. Future studies are needed to better understand the mechanisms underlying physicians’ interest in different support strategies.
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