Opioid Prescribing on the Rise in Patients with Knee OA

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According to a study published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research, there has been a significant increase in the use of opioids in older patients with knee osteoarthritis. Based on data from the Medicare Beneficiary Survey, the percentage of patients prescribed an opioid increased from 31% in 2003 to 39% in 2006 and 40% in 2009. Factors associated with increased opioid use included female sex, poor health status, functional limitation, and musculoskeletal disorders besides osteoarthritis. Researchers conclude that the impact of increased opioid prescribing should be monitored as the prevalence of knee osteoarthritis continues to rise.

Opioid Prescribing on the Rise in Patients with Knee OA
Opioid Prescribing on the Rise in Patients with Knee OA

Objective: Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is a painful condition affecting ~13% of persons >65 years old. We sought to examine whether the use of opioids in older persons with OA has increased over the past decade and what patient characteristics may correlate with their use. Methods: We ...

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