Study Uses Medicare Claims to Link Physician Beliefs About Benzodiazipene Safety and Prescription Fills

PainRelief.com Interview with:
Donovan Maust, M.D., M.S
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Associate Professor, Psychiatry
University of Michigan Medical School

PainRelief.com: What is the background for this study?

Response: Benzodiazepine prescribing has been quite persistent and even increasing among middle aged adults even as we’ve learned more about the associated harms.

To develop effective interventions to address prescribing, it would be helpful to understand how clinicians make their prescribing decisions. But then it is a problem if you ask clinicians about a particular behavior (e.g., prescribing) but don’t have actual objective data about their prescribing behavior.