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Unclassified Drug Overdose Deaths in the Opioid Crisis: Emerging Patterns of Inequity

This on-demand webinar does not offer CE credit.

Author Meredith C. B. Adams will discuss this month's JAMIA Journal Club selection:

Boslett AJ, Denham A, Hill EL, Adams MCB. Unclassified drug overdose deaths in the opioid crisis: emerging patterns of inequity. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2019 Apr 29. pii: ocz050. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocz050.

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Meredith CB Adams, MD, MS, FASA
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology
Wake Forest Baptist Health


Kelson Zawack, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Biostatistics Department
Yale University
Tiffany J. Callahan, MPH, PhD Candidate
Computational Bioscience Program
University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus

Statement of Purpose

The opioid crisis has impacted affected individuals and families across geographic and economic demographics. One challenge of the opioid crisis is that resource support is driven by opioid-related death reporting. Opioid overdose deaths have a significant missing data problem undermining large-scale data automated analysis and monitoring. The health equity implication of opioid crisis missing data is a subsequent disparity in resource support. Prior work has focused on system issues regarding overdose reporting, and this work shifts to individual factors associated with the decedent.

The goal of this work was to evaluate whether individual, geographic, and economic factors influence missing data in overdose mortality reporting. In this study, we combined mortality data sources to evaluate the association of individual, geographic, and economic factors with unidentified drug overdose data. Combining economic data with individual and geographic data, we identified consistently significant variables for unidentified drug poisoning deaths.

Target Audience

The target audience for this activity is professionals and students interested in biomedical and health informatics.

Learning Objectives

The general learning objective for all of the JAMIA Journal Club webinars is that participants will

  • Use a critical appraisal process to assess article validity and to gauge article findings' relevance to practice

After this live activity, the participant should be better able to:

  •  Identify factors associated with missing data in overdose data.
  •  Describe limitations regarding overdose data
  •  Interpret findings regarding overdose data presented in this manuscript

This JAMIA Journal Club does not offer continuing education credit.

In our dedication to providing unbiased education even when no CE credit is associated with it, we provide planners’ and presenters’ disclosure of relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that has the potential to introduce bias in the presentation: 

Disclosures for this Activity

These faculty, planners, and staff who are in a position to control the content of this activity disclose that they and their life partners have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests: 

JAMIA Journal Club planners: Michael Chiang, Kelson Zawack, Tiffany J. Callahan
AMIA staff: Susanne Arnold, Pesha Rubinstein
JAMIA Journal Club presenter Meredith C. B. Adams discloses that her spouse has received fellowship educational grant support from Medtronic.

Dates and Times: -
Type: Webinar
Course Format(s): On Demand