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Drendel AL, Brousseau DC, Casper TC
Opioid prescription patterns at emergency department discharge for children with fractures.
The authors sought to measure the variability in discharge opioid prescription practices for children discharged from the emergency department (ED) with a long-bone fracture. They found that, for children with a long-bone fracture, discharge opioid prescription varied widely by ED site of care. In addition, black patients, Hispanic patients, and patients with government insurance were less likely to be prescribed opioids. This variability in opioid prescribing was not accounted for by patient- or injury-related factors that are associated with increased pain.
Citation: Drendel AL, Brousseau DC, Casper TC . Opioid prescription patterns at emergency department discharge for children with fractures. Pain Med 2020 Sep;21(9):1947-54. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnz348..
Keywords: Children/Adolescents, Opioids, Medication, Emergency Department, Injuries and Wounds, Practice Patterns