"Right Size" opioid prescribing
Our goal for this quality improvement initiative is to develop prescribing guidelines that meet patients’ needs and reduce unused tablets.
Funded by the FDA's Safe Use Initiative, our multidisciplinary team at Penn Medicine, built, rigorously tested, and deployed an automated text messaging program for postoperative patient engagement. Patients voluntarily self-report acute opioid use and pain intensity over 3 weeks via text message. This system provides a way to capture patient-reported outcomes and opioid use in real time. This data is used to develop patient-informed and procedure-specific short-term opioid guidelines aimed at reducing the number of unused opioid tablets following surgery.
M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS - Emergency Medicine
Zarina Ali, MD, MS - Neurosurgery
Anish Agarwal, MD, MPH - Emergency Medicine
Daniel Lee, MD - Urology