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Assessment of a Quality Improvement Intervention to Decrease Opioid Prescribing in a Regional Health System

  • The use of procedure-specific prescribing guidelines reduced statewide postoperative opioid prescribing by 50%.
  • Opioid consumption also decreased, while satisfaction and postoperative pain remained unchanged.
  • Leveraging the continuous quality improvement infrastructure to implement evidence-based opioid prescribing guidelines has had a meaningful impact on opioid prescription.

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Brown CS, Vu JV, Howard RA, Gunaseelan V, Brummett CM, Waljee JF, Englesbe MJ. Assessment of a quality improvement intervention to decrease opioid prescribing in a regional health system. BMJ Quality & Safety. Published Online First: 16 September 2020. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2020-011295