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Decline in Prescription Opioids Attributable to Decreases in Long-Term Use: A Retrospective Study in the Veterans Health Administration 2010–2016

Source: Journal of General Internal Medicine Abstract: Background: Improved understanding of temporal trends in short- and long-term opioid prescribing may inform efforts to curb the opioid epidemic. Conclusions: Opioid ...
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Surgery Patients in Enhanced Recovery Program Leave Hospital Sooner, Take Fewer Opioids

Source: American Society of Anesthesiologists Colorectal and bariatric surgery patients benefited from an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program, leaving the hospital sooner and requiring fewer opioids to control...
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Exceeding the Daily Dosing Limit of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Among Ibuprofen Users

Source: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Abstract: Purpose: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are effective and very commonly used, but also have side effects. We determined prevalence of NSAID dosing exc...
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A Randomized Matched-Pairs Study of Feasibility, Acceptability, and Effectiveness of Systems Consultation: A Novel Implementation Strategy for Adopting Clinical Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care

Source: Implementation Science Abstract: Background: This paper reports on the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of an innovative implementation strategy named "systems consultation" aimed at improving adhere...
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Predicting Drug Efficacy in Chronic Low Back Pain by Quantitative Sensory Tests

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FDA Clears Vagus Nerve Stimulator for Migraine Pain

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Tamper-Resistant Opioids No Panacea for Opioid Crisis

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Length of Opioid Prescription, Number of Refills Spell Highest Risk for Misuse After Surgery

Source: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center With opioid overdoses now a leading cause of nonintentional death in the United States, data show most of these deaths can be traced back to an initial prescription opioid. A ...
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Default Setting in Electronic Medical Records 'Nudged' Emergency Department Physicians to Limit Opioid Prescriptions to 10 Tablets

Source: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine For patients who have never been prescribed opioids, larger numbers of tablets given with the initial prescription is associated with long-term use and more tablets l...
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Postsurgical Prescriptions for Opioid Naive Patients and Association with Overdose and Misuse: Retrospective Cohort Study

Source: BMJ Abstract: Objective: To quantify the effects of varying opioid prescribing patterns after surgery on dependence, overdose, or abuse in an opioid naive population. Conclusions: Each refill and week of opioid p...
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