Have emergency department clinicians responded to the opioid epidemic through altering opioid prescription rates?
In this cross-sectional study of 556 176 emergency department patient encounters and 70 218 opioid prescriptions within a single emergency department, yearly prescriptions decreased by 66.3% between 2013 and 2018. This decrease was associated with a 71.1% reduction in the number of opioid prescriptions for musculoskeletal pain (back, limb, joint, and neck pain) and lesser, but still marked, decreases for fractures and kidney stones.
Reductions in yearly opioid prescriptions across varying indications appear to be aligned with recognition of the opioid crisis in addition to national, state, and departmental education guidelines.
https://www.researchpad.co/tools/openurl?pubtype=article&doi=10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.0802&title=Temporal Factors Associated With Opioid Prescriptions for Patients With Pain Conditions in an Urban Emergency Department&author=&keyword=&subject=Research,Original Investigation,Online Only,Emergency Medicine,
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