TMA Wants to Hear Your Thoughts on Prescribing Opioids in Texas
By David Doolittle


Since 1990, the Texas Medical Association has asked Texas physicians for their thoughts on health care practice, the economic realities of practicing medicine in the state, and what issues they believe lawmakers should take on. 

The aim of the biennial Survey of Texas Physicians is to identify emerging issues, track the impact of practice and economic changes, assess physician priorities, and develop data to support TMA’s advocacy efforts. 

If you haven’t guessed by now, TMA is conducting the survey again, and we’d appreciate your input this month on the topic of opioids and other related topics and their effect on your practice.

In 2018, 42% of physicians reported that they do not prescribe opioids, but half of them said they refer patients to a pain specialist for such medication.

Check your email and please answer this month’s survey and let us know how TMA can best advocate for you. 

Did you know?

  • The survey is electronic and can be taken via computer or mobile device;
  • Texas physicians and residents who are members and nonmembers are invited to take the survey;
  • In 2018, more than 4,500 physicians responded; and
  • To protect the confidentiality of our physicians, raw data is never published.

But that’s not all. Answer all surveys between July and the end of the year and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of five $350 Amazon gift cards.

And if you’re curious, you can check out previous reports online.

If you have questions, contact Deanna Cureton, TMA health care data analyst, via email.

Last Updated On

September 10, 2020

Originally Published On

December 05, 2019

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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