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2019 11

Br J Anaesth



Preventing opioid prescription after major surgery: a scoping review of the literature on opioid-free analgesia.


Fiore JF, Olleik G, El-Kefraoui C, Verdolin B, Kouyoumdjian A, Alldrit A, Figueiredo AG, Valanci S, Marquez-GdeV JA, Schulz M, Moldoveanu D, Nguyen-Powanda P, Best G, Banks A, Landry T, Pecorelli N, Baldini G, Feldman LS
Br J Anaesth. 2019 11; 123(5):627-636.
PMID: 31563269.


Excessive opioid prescribing after surgery has been recognised as a contributor to the current crisis of opioid addiction and overdose. Clinicians may potentially tackle this crisis by using opioid-free postoperative analgesia; however, the scientific literature addressing this approach is sparse and heterogeneous, thereby limiting robust conclusions. A scoping review was conducted to systematically map the extent, range, and nature of the literature addressing postoperative opioid-free analgesia.