Prescribing Patterns and Opioid Usage in Postoperative Patients


  • Study type

  • Study IDs

  • Describes the nature of a clinical study. Types include:

    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • Site IRB
    • Scottsdale/Phoenix, Arizona: 15-007697
    Sponsor Protocol Number: 15-007697

About this study

  1. To determine utilization patterns of narcotic pain medication postoperatively for patients recovering from a general surgery or subspecialty procedure
  2. To compare the outcomes of patients’ pain medication regimens with current non-standardized prescribing patterns versus an evidence-based standardized prescribing regimen once the initial needs assessment is complete
    1. To characterize patient satisfaction with postoperative narcotic pain regimens
    2. To describe side effects experienced from using narcotic pain medications

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients undergoing a general surgical or subspecialty procedure at MCA April  2016 through April  2019

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with history of chronic pain disorders
  • Patients who are on narcotic pain medications at presentation prior to surgical intervention
  • Patients with developmental delay who would not be able to complete the tasks of the protocol, including questionnaires and pain diary
  • Patients who required a second unplanned operation during their hospitalization
  • Patients requiring complex wound care (e.g. wound vac changes) that may complicate the postoperative pain control

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

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Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Richard Gray, M.D.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Valerie Hoback CCRP


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