State-level Variation in Opioid Prescribing After Knee Arthroscopy Among the Opioid-Naïve in the USA


A new study led PISC Past Trainee, Benjamin Ukert, PhD, in collaboration with Senior Scholar, M. Kit Delgado, MD, and many more researchers show that in 2015-19 > 70% of U.S. opioid-naive patients received an opioid prescription after knee athroscopy with an average of 40 tablets despite recent studies showing most patients end up taking less than 5 tablets recommendations for selecting a solution given the data and the hypothesized relationship between an exposure of interest, a count outcome, and the population at risk. Despite recent attention to opioid stewardship, Ukert et al. have found evidence of significant practice variation in opioid prescribing for the most common outpatient procedure and ample opportunity for improvement.

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