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Surgeon Experience and Opioid Prescribing

  • Among opioid na├»ve Medicare patients aged 65 and older who underwent major/minor surgery, 53.8% of patients filled an opioid prescription within seven days of discharge.
  • Opioid prescription size was largest for patients whose surgeons were early in practice (<7 years: 292 OMEs), with decreasing amounts of opioids filled among patients with surgeons who had been in practice longer (8-15 years: 279 OMEs; 16-25 years: 265 OMEs).

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Santosa KB, Wang CS, Hu H, Brummett CM, Englesbe MJ, Waljee JF. Surgeon Experience and Opioid Prescribing. Am J Surg. 2020; 220(4): 823-827.