Prev Med 2021 Sep 8:106798. Epub 2021 Sep 8.
Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, United States.
Several factors, including the lack of a systematic cannabis use assessment within healthcare systems, have led to significant under-documentation of cannabis use and its correlates in medical records, the unpreparedness of clinicians, and poor quality of cannabis-related electronic health record data, limiting its utilization in research. Multiple steps are required to overcome the existing knowledge gaps and accommodate the health needs implied by the increasing cannabis use prevalence. These steps include (1) enhancing clinician and patient education on the importance of cannabis use assessment and documentation, (2) implementing a standardized approach for comprehensive cannabis use assessment within and across healthcare systems, (3) improving documentation of cannabis use and its correlates in medical records and electronic health records by building in prompts, (4) developing and validating reliable computable phenotypes of cannabis use, (5) conducting research utilizing electronic health data to study a wide array of related health outcomes, (6) and establishing evidence-based guidelines to inform clinical practices and policies. Read More