- Among surgical patients who developed new persistent opioid use, surgeons provided the majority of opioid prescriptions during the first three months after surgery.
- By nine to twelve months after surgery, however, the majority of opioid prescriptions were provided by primary care physicians.
- Enhanced care coordination between surgeons and primary care physicians could allow earlier identification of patients at risk for new persistent opioid use to prevent misuse and dependence.
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