Thursday, 1 May 2014

Rates and risk factors for prolonged opioid use after major surgery:population based cohort study. BMJ 11 February 2014.


Of the 39 140 opioid naive patients over the age of 66 who had major elective surgery, 1229 (3.1%) of patients continued to use opioids more than 3 months post discharge. This is a smaller rate compared to prolonged opioid use reported in low risk surgery and highlights that opioid dependence is less problematic when prescribed appropriately. Factors associated with prolonged opioid use are discussed. An editorial discussing the role of an anaesthetist in this matter is attached.

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