Minimal information exists regarding the consistency and
correlates of dentists’ implementation of risk mitigation strategies when
prescribing opioids, including risk screening, prescription drug monitoring
program (PDMP) use, and patient education. The authors conducted a Web-based,
cross-sectional survey among practicing dentist members of The National Dental
Practice-Based Research Network. The authors used the survey to assess pain
management prescribing practices and risk mitigation implementation. The authors
linked survey data with network enrollment questionnaire data to include
practitioner demographic and practice characteristics.
Key Words. Pain; patient education; prescriptions; drug.