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January 9, 2019

Errors in Analysis of New Persistent Opioid Use After Surgery

JAMA Surg. 2019;154(3):272. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.5476

In the article titled “New Persistent Opioid Use After Minor and Major Surgical Procedures in US Adults,”1 published online April 12, 2017, in JAMA Surgery, it was discovered that the indicators for presurgical diagnoses of mental and physical health conditions were actually indicators for these conditions at any point 1 year prior to surgery (the defined preoperative period in the article) to 1-year postsurgery. All analyses were recalculated after correcting these errors; relatively small numerical errors in the overall frequencies, coefficients, and P values were identified, and statistical significance changed direction for 5 characteristics.2 The overall conclusions remained unchanged. Additionally, there was a typo in Table 1; in the major surgery cohort section, the “College degree or more” row for those without persistent opioid use should read 978. This article was corrected online.

Brummett  CM, Waljee  JF, Goesling  J,  et al.  New persistent opioid use after minor and major surgical procedures in US adults.  JAMA Surg. 2017;152(6):e170504. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.0504PubMedGoogle ScholarCrossref
Brummett  CM, Moser  SE, Nallamothu  BK.  Errors in analysis in study of new persistent opioid use after surgery  [published online January 9, 2019].  JAMA Surg. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.5299Google Scholar