Journal article

Post-discharge opioid use and handling in surgical patients: A multicentre prospective cohort study

Megan L Allen, Charles C Kim, Sabine Braat, Karin Jones, Noam Winter, Timothy R Hucker, Angela Chia, Coran Lang, Sally L Brooks, Daryl L Williams

ANAESTHESIA AND INTENSIVE CARE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Our aim was to determine the frequency and characteristics of post-surgery prescription of opioid medication and to describe patients’ handling of discharge opioid medications. We performed a multicentre prospective cohort study of adult patients undergoing elective or emergency surgery with a postoperative stay of one or more nights, with phone follow-up at two weeks after hospital discharge. The main outcome measures included the proportion of patients prescribed discharge opioid medications, post-discharge opioid use, opioid storage and disposal. Of the 1450 eligible surgical patients, opioids were dispensed on discharge to 858 (59%, 95% confidence interval (CI) (57%–62%)), with immediate..

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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by a project grant from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.