The UCLA study, led by Yih-Ing Hser, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, found that primary care patients who are addicted to opioids were 10 times likelier to die during a four-year period than patients without substance abuse problems. The findings, published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, suggest that health care systems should provide better infrastructure and training for primary care physicians to diagnose and treat addiction.
CTSI provided access to data as well as data analysis. It is one of more than 200 studies for which CTSI has provided de-identified EHR data.
To learn more:
Read the UCLA press release.
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