Trajectories of Opioid Prescribing

Photo of Tumader KhoujaTrajectories of opioid prescribing by general dentists, specialists, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States, 2015-2019

Congratulations to Tumader Khouja, B.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., whose article, linked below, is the cover story for the Journal of the American Dental Association’s January 2024 issue.

From the abstract: Despite decreases in opioid prescribing from 2016 through 2019, some dentists (general, specialists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons) in the United States continue to The authors identified variations in dentists’ opioid prescribing rates. Although 60% of dentists decreased prescribing rates by 30% through 83%, 3.4% of dentists consistently prescribed at high rates. Some dentists continue to prescribe opioids at high levels, indicating that additional information is needed to better inform policy and clinical decision making.

Khouja joined the college on August 1 as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science.

Khouja is a dentist and health services researcher. Her research focuses on areas of high importance in dental public health including opioid prescribing among dentists, access to oral health services, oral health systemic health connection and economic evaluation of dental treatments and preventive modalities.


Published:November 19, 2023DOI

The article is linked here: