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Journal Article

Opioid stewardship program and postoperative adverse events: a difference-in-differences cohort study.

Barreveld AM, McCarthy RJ, Elkassabany N, et al. Anesthesiology. 2020;132(6):1558-1568.

This article discusses the impact of a 6-month opioid use educational program for anesthesiologists on opioid-related harm among hospitalized adults. The program was implemented at 31 hospitals and outcomes were compared to 33 control hospitals. The researchers did not identify any significant reduction in opioid adverse events or altered opioid use in hospitalized patients in the intervention hospitals, as compared to the control hospitals.