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Incidence and variables associated with inconsistencies in opioid prescribing at hospital discharge and its associated adverse drug outcomes.

Kurteva S, Habib B, Moraga T, et al. Incidence and variables associated with inconsistencies in opioid prescribing at hospital discharge and its associated adverse drug outcomes. Value Health. 2021;24(2):147-157. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2020.07.015.

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May 5, 2021
Kurteva S, Habib B, Moraga T, et al. Value Health. 2021;24(2):147-157.

Harms related to prescription opioid use are an ongoing patient safety challenge. Based on data from one hospital between 2014 and 2016, this cohort study found that nearly 50% of hospitalized patients were discharged with an opioid prescription, and 80% of those prescriptions were among patients discharged from a surgical unit. Opioid-related medication errors were more common in handwritten discharge prescriptions compared to electronic prescriptions; electronic prescriptions were associated with a 69% lower risk of opioid-related medication errors.

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Kurteva S, Habib B, Moraga T, et al. Incidence and variables associated with inconsistencies in opioid prescribing at hospital discharge and its associated adverse drug outcomes. Value Health. 2021;24(2):147-157. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2020.07.015.