Postoperative Restrictive Opioid Protocols, Changes in Opioid Prescribing, Chronic Use

JAMA Oncology


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About The Study: Implementation of a restrictive opioid prescription protocol specifying an opioid supply of three or fewer days was feasible and no compromises in patient recovery were detected in this study of 4,000 surgical patients in a large tertiary cancer center. The change led to a significant reduction in opioids dispensed postoperatively and was associated with significantly decreased conversion to chronic opioid use in postsurgical patients. 

Authors: Emese Zsiros, M.D., Ph.D., of the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York, is the corresponding author. 



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