- More opioids are prescribed to women with cesarean delivery (CD) than with vaginal delivery.
- Prescribing practices vary between institutions.
Why this matters
- 1 out of 300 opioid-naive users exposed to opioids after CD becomes a persistent user.
- Improved guidelines for prescribing pain medications in the postpartum period may help reduce improper prescribing.
- 28.0% of the cohort was delivered by CD.
- Women with CD were more likely to receive opioids (97.7% vs 30.7%; P<.0001>
- The amount of opioids prescribed varied among hospitals.
- Retrospective study.
- Cohort was taken from 6 US hospitals in a 3-month period (4248 patients).
- The primary outcome was postpartum opioid prescription at the time of hospital discharge.
- Funding: None disclosed.
- Incomplete data limited the analysis.
- Not known if opioids were taken or only prescribed.