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2020 Jul 07

J Shoulder Elbow Surg

Mental health and substance use impact perioperative opioid demand in upper extremity trauma surgery.


Cunningham D, LaRose M, Klifto C, Gage M
J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2020 Jul 07.
PMID: 32650086.


Patients undergoing upper extremity fracture surgery often have postoperative pain that can be mitigated with opioid pain medications. Opioid misuse and abuse are growing concerns regarding the liberal use of opioids in the perioperative setting. The impact of mental health disorders and substance abuse on perioperative opioid demand is largely unknown. The purpose of this study is to describe perioperative opioid filling and risk factors for increased filling after upper extremity fractures. The study hypothesis is that poor mental health and substance abuse will be associated with increased opioid demand.