Journal Article

Impact of a pharmacist-directed pain management service on inpatient opioid use, pain control, and patient safety.

Poirier RH; Brown CS; Baggenstos YT; Walden SG; Gann NY; Patty CM; Sandoval RA; McNulty JR.

In this retrospective study, researchers found that implementation of an inpatient pharmacist-led pain management service achieved reductions in high-risk opioid medication use, total opioid use, and adverse drug events associated with oversedation from opioids. Patient satisfaction scores also improved after the intervention.