When it comes to opioid addiction, who your physician is may influence whether or not you might become addicted.
With little guidance around best-practice prescribing behaviors, physicians are unclear on how much is too much. The medical community is beginning to see guidance on responsible prescribing, but the available guidance is typically high level. What is missing is contextual relevance.
Practicing Wisely, a tool used to provide physicians with visibility into standard prescribing practices, can help shed light on opioid prescribing patterns for specific procedures and specific types of patients.
Wide Variation in Opioid Prescription After Arthroscopic Knee Meniscectomy
It is not uncommon to see a wide — sometimes shocking — variation of prescribing behaviors among physicians. For example, our analysis shows the discrepancy between physicians in opioid prescription after an arthroscopic knee meniscectomy. Recent guidelines suggest that most physicians prescribe too many pills, with eight pills being the maximum recommendation. Our analysis found a mean of 41 pills prescribed to patients after arthroscopic knee meniscectomy. While variation is expected, there is a clear opportunity to shift the mean closer to recommended guidelines.