Reduction in Opioid Prescribing Through Evidence-Based Prescribing Guidelines
Howard R, Waljee J, Brummett C, Englesbe M, Lee J. Reduction in Opioid Prescribing Through Evidence-Based Prescribing Guidelines. JAMA Surg. 2018;153(3):285-287. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.4436
- Prior to the intervention, post-laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal surgery) opioid prescribing exceeded patient pain management needs by approximately 88%, based on patient- reported opioid use.
- Implementation of evidence-based prescribing guidelines reduced post-laparoscopic cholecystectomy opioid prescribing by 63% without increasing the need for medication refills.
- Patients who received smaller opioid prescriptions after the intervention reported using fewer opioids, indicating that anchoring and adjustment heuristics may impact patient opioid use.