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2020 Mar 02

Mil Med



Orthopedic Surgeon Decision-Making Processes for Postsurgical Opioid Prescribing.


Kopp JA, Anderson AB, Dickens JF, Graf AC, Reid CO, Cagniart P-EC, Wang JM, Highland KB
Mil Med. 2020 Mar 02; 185(3-4):e383-e388.
PMID: 31781751.


Acute pain and chronic pain are significant burdens in the Department of Defense, compounded by the ongoing opioid crisis. Given the ubiquity of (leftover) opioid prescriptions following orthopedic surgery, it is essential to identify feasible and acceptable avenues of opioid risk mitigation efforts. The present quality improvement project builds on recent studies by evaluating factors related to opioid prescribing decisions in a sample of orthopedic surgery providers.