From Data to Practice

From Data to Practice We hypothesized that the recent attention to the opioid epidemic, combined with internal dissemination of data on prescribing practices, impacted our institution's opioid prescribing at discharge from elective surgery. We reviewed our recent practice to assess whether this increasing awareness resulted in reductions of opioid prescriptions for patients with acute pain. Data on prescribing for patients undergoing elective surgery between 2016 and early 2017 demonstrated that opioid prescribing practices have improved in the recent era without an observed increase in refill rates. Although additional work is needed to further improve standardization and reduce opioid prescribing, these data suggest that increased awareness may be an important first step in improving opioid prescribing practices. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annals of Surgery Wolters Kluwer Health

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Wolters Kluwer Health
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Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0003-4932
eISSN
1528-1140
D.O.I.
10.1097/SLA.0000000000002623
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Abstract

We hypothesized that the recent attention to the opioid epidemic, combined with internal dissemination of data on prescribing practices, impacted our institution's opioid prescribing at discharge from elective surgery. We reviewed our recent practice to assess whether this increasing awareness resulted in reductions of opioid prescriptions for patients with acute pain. Data on prescribing for patients undergoing elective surgery between 2016 and early 2017 demonstrated that opioid prescribing practices have improved in the recent era without an observed increase in refill rates. Although additional work is needed to further improve standardization and reduce opioid prescribing, these data suggest that increased awareness may be an important first step in improving opioid prescribing practices.

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Annals of SurgeryWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Mar 1, 2018

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