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Journal Article

Postoperative opioid prescribing and the pain scores on Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey.

Lee JS, Hu HM, Brummett CM, et al. JAMA. 2017;317:2013-2015.

The opioid crisis is one of the nation's most pressing patient safety problems. Concern has been raised that overprescribing of opioids may be an unintended consequence of efforts to improve patient satisfaction. However, this Michigan study found no relationship between postoperative opioid prescribing and patient satisfaction scores, indicating that efforts to reduce opioid prescribing may not adversely affect patient satisfaction.