Prescribing a greater quantity of opioids than needed after surgery has been associated with the development of addiction.1 Lowering default opioid prescription quantities in an electronic medical record system has been shown to reduce the amount of opioids prescribed after surgery.2 However, the effect of reduced prescription quantities on actual patient opioid consumption remains undetermined. Additionally, patient education may also play a role in decreasing excess postoperative opioid use.3 We assessed whether reducing the number of opioid tablets prescribed would decrease postoperative opioid consumption, and whether preoperative opioid use education would further reduce the amount taken.
Farley KX, Anastasio AT, Kumar A, Premkumar A, Gottschalk MB, Xerogeanes J. Association Between Quantity of Opioids Prescribed After Surgery or Preoperative Opioid Use Education With Opioid Consumption. JAMA. 2019;321(24):2465–2467. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.6125
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