Preventing opioid prescription after major surgery: a scoping review of the literature on opioid-free analgesia
British journal of anaesthesia | 30 Sep 2019
JF Fiore, G Olleik, C El-Kefraoui, B Verdolin, A Kouyoumdjian, A Alldrit, AG Figueiredo, S Valanci, JA Marquez-GdeV, M Schulz, D Moldoveanu, P Nguyen-Powanda, G Best, A Banks, T Landry, N Pecorelli, G Baldini and LS Feldman
Excessive opioid prescribing after surgery has been recognised as a contributor to the current crisis of opioid addiction and overdose. Clinicians may potentially tackle this crisis by using opioid-free postoperative analgesia; however, the scientific literature addressing this approach is sparse and heterogeneous, thereby limiting robust conclusions. A scoping review was conducted to systematically map the extent, range, and nature of the literature addressing postoperative opioid-free analgesia.
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