Dr. Margaret K. Pasquale and Team Identify High-Risk Factors Predicting Opioid Abuse

Margaret K. Pasquale, PhD, principal researcher, Comprehensive Health Insights at Humana, says Humana's predictive model of opioid abuse suggests that there are a few factors that might lend people to be at high risk for opioid abuse

lend people to be at high risk for opioid abuse.

Margaret K. Pasquale, PhD, principal researcher, Comprehensive Health Insights at Humana, says Humana’s predictive model of opioid abuse suggests that there are a few factors that might

“Our model was capturing not just patient behavior, but also provider behavior, and maybe some systemic inefficiencies that might exist. It found that there are a couple of different domains where people lend themselves to be at high risk,” Dr Pasquale said.

The model found that characteristics predicting for opioid abuse may include prescription use of opioids, and psychological diagnoses such as neuropathic pain, anxiety, or depression.

Dr Pasquale's research was sponsored by the Humana-Pfizer Research Collaboration. For a copy of the poster presented at AMCP, please contact

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mpasquale@humana.com