Survey of US dentists shows high rate of opioid prescriptions despite knowledge of effective alternatives

WASHINGTON — A survey of dentists in the United States finds that an overwhelming majority of those who responded believe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-acetaminophen combinations are as effective or more effective in managing dental pain as opioids; however, almost half say they still prescribe opioids.

The results of the survey, conducted by PharmedOut at Georgetown University Medical Center with undergraduate students at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies, were published October 21 in The Journal of the American Dental Association.

“These results suggest that dentists are familiar with the evidence about the effectiveness of NSAID-acetaminophen medications, but their self-reported prescribing patterns demonstrate a disconnect,” says Matthew Heron, the first author who conducted the research as an undergraduate at Georgetown’s School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Source: Survey of US dentists shows high rate of opioid prescriptions despite knowledge of effective alternatives / EurekAlert

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