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2022 Nov 04

BMJ Open



Opioid PrEscRiptions and usage After Surgery (OPERAS): protocol for a prospective multicentre observational cohort study of opioid use after surgery.


Postoperative pain is common and frequently addressed through opioid analgesia. This practice must balance the benefits of achieving adequate pain relief against the harms of adverse effects such as opioid-induced ventilatory impairment and opioid use disorder. This student and trainee-led collaborative study aims to investigate and compare the prescription versus consumption of opioids at 7 days postdischarge after common surgical procedures and their impact on patient-reported outcomes regarding postoperative pain.