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Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Is There a Role for Physician Education?

Author(s): Schnell, Molly; Currie, Janet M.

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Abstract: Using national data on opioid prescriptions written by physicians from 2006 to 2014, we uncover a striking relationship between opioid prescribing and medical school rank. Even within the same specialty and practice location, physicians who completed their initial training at top medical schools write significantly fewer opioid prescriptions annually than physicians from lower-ranked schools. Additional evidence suggests that some of this gradient represents a causal effect of education rather than patient selection across physicians or physician selection across medical schools. Altering physician education may therefore be a useful policy tool in fighting the current epidemic.
Publication Date: 17-Aug-2018
Citation: Schnell, Molly, Currie, Janet. (2017). Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Is There a Role for Physician Education?. American Journal of Health Economics, 1 - 28. doi:10.1162/ajhe_a_00113
DOI: doi:10.1162/ajhe_a_00113
ISSN: 2332-3493
EISSN: 2332-3507
Pages: 1 - 28
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: American Journal of Health Economics
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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