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Human Studies

2020 Jun 01

Ann Thorac Surg

Post-Discharge Pain Management After Thoracic Surgery – A Patient-Centered Approach.


Abrams BA, Murray KA, Mahoney K, Raymond KM, McWilliams SK, Nichols S, Mahmoudi E, Mayes LM, Fernandez-Bustamante A, Mitchell JD, Meguid RA, Zanotti G, Bartels K
Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 Jun 01.
PMID: 32497643.


Postoperative analgesia is paramount to recovery following thoracic surgery, and opioids play an invaluable role in this process. Yet, current one-size-fits-all prescribing practices produce large quantities of unused opioids, increasing the risk of nonmedical use and overdose. Here, we hypothesized that patient and perioperative characteristics, including 24-hour before discharge opioid intake, could inform more appropriate post-discharge prescriptions after thoracic surgery.