Case and commentary : Should the location of a patient's home inform physicians' opioid prescription practices?

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This case-and-commentary examines whether and when prescribers should authorize prescription opioid refills and questions whether and how a patient's living in an area with a high number of overdose deaths should influence that decision. Clinical social work perspectives presented in the commentary inform a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to this decision that is holistic and nondiscriminatory and that prioritizes the ethical value of self-determination.




Byrne, J. D., Clancy, K. S., & Ciszewski, I. (2020, August 1). Case and commentary : Should the location of a patient’s home inform physicians’ opioid prescription practices? AMA Journal of Ethics. American Medical Association.

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