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2022 Apr 03


Postdischarge opioid use and persistent use after general surgery: A retrospective study.


Beyene K A, Chan A H Y, Aquite O M, Kumar M, Moore S, Park Y J, Ruohonen T, Gong J
Surgery. 2022 Apr 03.
PMID: 35387745.


Opioid overprescribing after surgery is a significant public health issue in most developed countries, including New Zealand. However, there is a lack of literature on the patterns and risk factors for postoperative opioid use among general surgical patients in New Zealand. This study aimed to examine opioid use in patients undergoing general surgery at Auckland District Health Board between January and December 2019 and to identify factors associated with opioid use after surgery and persistent opioid use (defined as having filled ≥1 opioid prescription in the 91 to 180 days after surgery).