Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Trauma. 2009 Jul;67(1):160-4. doi: 10.1097/TA.0b013e31818c12ee.

Differences in prescription of narcotic pain medication after operative treatment of hip and ankle fractures in the United States and The Netherlands.

Author information

1
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Erratum in

  • J Trauma. 2010 Mar;68(3):744. Lindenhovious, Anneluuk L C [corrected to Lindenhovius, Anneluuk L C]; Helmerhorts, Gijs T T [corrected to Helmerhorst, Gijs T T].

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Interactions between American and Dutch surgeons suggested differences in prescription habits for pain medication after fracture treatment.

METHODS:

The percentages of 190 American [100 after hip open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) and 90 after ankle ORIF] and 116 Dutch patients (69 after hip ORIF and 47 after ankle ORIF) receiving inpatient and outpatient prescriptions for narcotics were retrospectively compared between countries, to test the hypothesis that narcotics are prescribed more frequently in the United States as compared with The Netherlands after operative fracture treatment.

RESULTS:

Among patients with hip fractures, 85% of American and 58% of Dutch patients were prescribed narcotics during hospitalization (p < 0.001). After discharge, 77% of American and none of the Dutch patients were prescribed narcotics (p < 0.001). The multivariate model including country accounted for 11% of the variation in inpatient narcotic prescription (p < 0.001), and the model including country and surgeon accounted for 55% of the variation in outpatient narcotic prescription (p < 0.001). Among patients with ankle fracture, 98% of American and 64% of Dutch patients were prescribed narcotics during hospitalization (p < 0.001). After discharge, 82% of American patients and 6% of Dutch patients were prescribed narcotics (p < 0.001). Predictors included country and surgeon and they accounted for 20% of the variation in inpatient narcotics prescription (p < 0.001) and 49% of the variation in outpatient narcotic prescription (p < 0.001).

CONCLUSIONS:

American patients are prescribed significantly more inpatient and outpatient narcotic pain medication than Dutch patients after operative treatment of hip and ankle fractures.

PMID:
19590328
DOI:
10.1097/TA.0b013e31818c12ee
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
    Loading ...
    Support Center