Exploratory study of emergency physicians' use of a prescription monitoring program using a framework of technology acceptance

Marc L. Fleming, Mark D. Hatfield, Monica K. Wattana, Knox H. Todd

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Abstract

Emergency physicians (EPs) are faced with significant challenges regarding pain management, while preventing abuse of prescription opioids. Prescription monitoring programs (PMPs) are increasingly used to help allay the abuse of controlled substances. The objective of this study was to determine EPs' intention to use the Texas PMP within the framework of the Technology Acceptance Model. A cross-sectional, 24-item survey instrument was developed and distributed to EPs attending an emergency medicine conference. PMP nonusers reported a positive intention to use the PMP in the future, with attitude (β = 0.61, p < 0.01) as the only statistically significant predictor of intention. PMP users reported a positive intention to use the PMP, with perceived usefulness (β = 0.62, p < 0.01) as the only statistically significant predictor of intention for PMP users. This exploratory study provides a basis for understanding EPs' intention to use a PMP. The use of PMPs by EPs may lead to a decrease in prescription opioid abuse and improve patient safety related to opioid prescribing in the emergency department setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-27
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014

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Keywords

  • Controlled substances
  • Emergency medicine
  • Prescription monitoring program
  • Technology acceptance

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In: Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, Vol. 28, No. 1, 03.2014, p. 19-27.

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