Lam L, Richardson MG, Zhao Z, Thampy M, Ha L, Osmundson SS. Enhanced discharge counseling to reduce outpatient opioid use after cesarean delivery: a randomized clinical trial. American journal of obstetrics & gynecology MFM. 2021 Jan;3(3). 100286 p. PMID: 33451618 [PubMed]
Strategies to curb overprescribing have focused primarily on the prescriber as the point of intervention. Less is known about how to empower patients to use fewer opioids and decrease the quantity of leftover opioids. Previous studies in nonobstetrical populations suggest that patient counseling about appropriate opioid use improves disposal of unused opioids and overall knowledge about opioid use. Less is known about whether counseling reduces opioid use after hospital discharge.