Definition Development and Prevalence of New Persistent Opioid Use Following Hysterectomy

Summary

Using a large administrative database of women with a single national private health insurer, we determined a definition for “new persistent opioid use” to be: ≥ 2 opioid fills within six months of hysterectomy with ≥ 1 fill every three months, and either total oral morphine equivalent ≥ 1,150 or days’ supplied ≥ 39. Prevalence of new persistent opioid use based on this definition was 0.5% and two potentially modifiable risk factors are preoperative opioid prescription and abdominal route of surgery.

Status: Completed
Funding: None
Category: Research