Prescribers are drawing a lot of attention as a key target of initiatives to combat the opioid crisis. This week, the US Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, took the unprecedented step of sending 2.3 million clinicians a letter calling for a national movement to turn the tide on the opioid crisis.
This chart on the educational debt level of medical school graduates was tucked away in supplementary material for an excellent article by Ari Friedman and colleagues in the Journal of General Internal Medicine on loan forgiveness programs:
[cross-posted from the Health Cents blog on Philly.com]
“So you’ll be how old when this is all done?”
Health professionals are ill-prepared to address social factors that contribute to poor health, because these factors often lie beyond the scope of medical education. But just as addressing social determinants of health (SDH) involves stretching beyond traditional medical practices, educating health professionals involves stretching beyond traditional medical education.
Effect of Attending Practice Style on Generic Medication Prescribing by Residents in the Clinic Setting: An Observational Study
In the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Kira Ryskina and colleagues, including Jessica Dine and Andrew Epstein, assess whether the prescribing practices of attending physicians influence residents’ likelihood to prescribe brand-name medications. The authors assessed the effect of the supervising attending’s rate of brand-name prescribing in the preceding quarter on the likelihood of a resident prescribing a brand-name statin. After adjusting for patient-, physician-, and practice-level factors, the supervising attending’s brand-name prescribing rate in the quarter preceding...