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April 2019
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Prescribers have little guidance available on opioids, and overprescribing is a widespread problem that contributes to the opioid epidemic currently claiming 130 American lives every day. With up to 92% of patients having leftover opioids after common operations, millions of pills are left vulnerable to diversion into communities.

Findings from the National Poll on Healthy Aging show that pet ownership helps older adults cope with mental and physical health issues, connect with others, and get exercise. And according to authors Cathleen Connell, Ph.D., M.S., Mary Janevic, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Preeti Malani, M.D., M.S., M.S.J., while pets come with benefits, they can also bring concerns, and some people may even put their animals' needs ahead of their own health.

Expanded use of EHRs-the digitization of paper health records-was promoted under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A recent University of Michigan study led by Christopher Friese, Ph.D., M.S., M.A., R.N., confirms earlier research about EHRs' shortcomings-this time in the highly complex outpatient chemotherapy setting.

How exactly do high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) work, and what does research show about how the individuals they cover use healthcare services? IHPI's Jeffrey Kullgren, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., an internal medicine physician and healthcare researcher at the U-M Medical School, explains these increasingly popular plans.

Hospitals have put a lot of effort into encouraging good hand hygiene among their staff. But new findings from a research team led by Lona Mody, M.D., M.Sc., reveal multidrug resistant organisms on patients' hands and the hospital room objects they touch often need expanded efforts to prevent transmission.


A new brief, the product of an IHPI Policy Sprint led by Michelle Moniz, M.D, M.Sc., F.A.C.O.G., examines approaches that states are taking to restrict access to short-term health plans, which offer limited benefits and do not cover maternity care.


People living with multimorbidity, or the coexistence of several chronic conditions, generally have poorer health outcomes, poorer health-related quality of life, and more complex healthcare needs. Melissa Wei, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., assistant professor of internal medicine, discusses her recent study that found that multimorbidity was linked to an increased risk of death by suicide and worse mental health-related quality of life.

Read the full study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

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