Opioid Prescribing Practices in Academic Otolaryngology: A Single Institutional Survey

American Journal of Otolaryngology (09/21) Vol. 42, No. 5 Mokhtari, Tara E.; Miller, Lauren E.; Chen, Jenny X.; et al.

A single institutional poll evaluated postoperative opioid prescribing among resident and attending physicians as an educational platform. In all, 29 attending otolaryngologists and 22 residents completed the survey. On average, the data show, residents prescribed fewer postoperative opioid pills than the attending physicians. Attending physicians prescribed the most opioids following tonsillectomy, neck dissection, brow lift, facelift and open reduction of facial trauma. Among residents, procedures with the most postoperatively prescribed opioids were tonsillectomy, neck dissection, open reduction of facial trauma, parotidectomy and thyroid/parathyroidectomy. Both groups prescribed the largest volume of postoperative opioids following tonsillectomy. The authors recommend that otolaryngology residency education and attending continuing medical education should emphasize improvement in opioid prescribing and pain management.

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