Quality Standard: Opioid Prescribing for Acute Pain
Learn more about opioid prescribing for acute pain using this quality standard produced by Ontario Health (Quality) in consultation with clinical experts and patients. It outlines for clinicians what high-quality care looks like when prescribing opioids and is based on the best evidence.
Share its accompanying patient guide with your patients to help them ask informed questions about opioid prescribing and additional techniques they could use to help them manage their pain post-surgery.
NEW Quality Standard: Transitions Between Hospital and Home
This quality standard addresses care for people of all ages transitioning (moving) between hospital and home after a hospital admission. It focuses on people who have been admitted as inpatients and who require ongoing coordinated follow-up medical care, including medication and opioid review and support, after discharge.
Share its accompanying patient guide with your patients to help them ask informed questions about their transition plan, including getting a written transition plan that includes information about taking their medications safely.
NEW: MyPracticeReport: General Surgery
General surgeons who perform appendectomies, cholecystectomies, and select hernia repairs can sign up to receive a confidential practice report that offers personalized data on your opioid prescribing patterns in relation to your peers. Suggestions and tools to support quality improvement efforts are also included.
MyPractice Report: Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic surgeons who perform hip and knee replacements can sign up to receive a confidential practice report that includes personalized data on your opioid prescribing patterns, along with suggestions to help improve care for your patients.
Many organizations and hospitals are already taking steps to change their opioid prescribing habits and educate their patients and other health care providers about multimodal pain management.
If you’re a member of the Ontario Surgical Quality Improvement Network, you’ve been receiving updates about these local initiatives through the Surgical Network’s Community of Practice.
If you’re not a member, but are interested in learning more about local initiatives, email ONSQIN@hqontario.ca.