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Title: Clinician training level impacts prescribing practices for the conservative management of acute renal colic: a contemporary update.
Austin Authors: Qu, Liang G ;Chan, Garson ;Gani, Johan 
Affiliation: Department of Surgery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada
Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Department of Urology, Western Health, Footscray, VIC, Australia
Issue Date: Apr-2021
Date: 2020-10-26
Publication information: International Urology and Nephrology 2021; 53(4): 661-667
Abstract: Given the current and increasing awareness of the opioid crisis, this study aimed to characterise the types of analgesic prescription for conservatively managed renal colic. This was a retrospective cohort study of consecutive patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) in 2014-2019. Patients were included if they had radiographically confirmed obstructing calculus, managed conservatively without intervention, and were given a prescription for analgesia on discharge. Patient demographics were recorded and analysed. Opioid, non-opioid, and alpha-blocker medications were compared according to patient and disease parameters, and clinician training. Oral morphine equivalents (OMEs) were used to compare prescribed quantities. Subgroup analyses of stone size and location were performed. Our analysis included 1761 patients with confirmed renal colic: median age of 50 years (16-96). Altogether, 88% of included patients were prescribed opioids on discharge, while only 68% were prescribed non-opioids (p < 0.001). Oxycodone immediate release was the most frequently prescribed analgesic. Logistic regression modelling controlling for patient and disease characteristics significantly predicted more non-opioid (p < 0.001) and alpha-blocker (p = 0.037) prescription with clinician training < 3 years. Linear regression modelling demonstrated that clinicians training < 3 years predicted lower OMEs per prescription compared to clinicians with ≥ 3 years of training (p = 0.001). Subgroup analyses supported similar predictions with training. Prescribing patterns are associated with different clinician experience levels. However, a substantial amount of opioids are still given overall on patient discharge regardless of the clinician experience. Educational interventions aimed at reducing the opioid prescription rate and quantities may be considered for clinicians of all training levels.
DOI: 10.1007/s11255-020-02686-6
ORCID: 0000-0002-5710-1983
Journal: International Urology and Nephrology
PubMed URL: 33104951
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Analgesia
Clinician training
Emergency medicine
Renal colic
Ureteric calculus
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