April 16, 2018
Mayo researchers are studying the opioid prescribing practices and applying it to optimize care for patients. The result in orthopedic surgery is a 48 percent reduction in the amount of opioids prescribed for hip and knee replacement. The team also noted that the prescription refill rate remained the same.
August 3, 2017
For decades, the emphasis nationwide for treating surgical patients was to prescribe enough opioid pain medication to ensure they didn’t have any pain. But health care providers are realizing it’s a balancing act between managing pain and ensuring patients aren’t overprescribed.
Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Cornelius Thiels, Elizabeth Habermann, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, opioids, Robert Cima, surgery, surgical outcomes, Tad Mabry