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2021 Mar 18

BMC Geriatr



Frailty status as a potential factor in increased postoperative opioid use in older adults.


Auckley ED, Bentov N, Zelber-Sagi S, Jeong L, Reed MJ, Bentov I
BMC Geriatr. 2021 Mar 18; 21(1):189.
PMID: 33736611.


Prescription opioids are commonly used for postoperative pain relief in older adults, but have the potential for misuse. Both opioid side effects and uncontrolled pain have detrimental impacts. Frailty syndrome (reduced reserve in response to stressors), pain, and chronic opioid consumption are all complex phenomena that impair function, nutrition, psychologic well-being, and increase mortality, but links among these conditions in the acute postoperative setting have not been described. This study seeks to understand the relationship between frailty and patterns of postoperative opioid consumption in older adults.