PainSA is a chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Our mission is to improve all aspects of pain management in Southern Africa.

Acute Pain and Development of Opioid Use Disorder: Patient Risk Factors

In order to mitigate the risk of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), healthcare professionals need to assess a patient’s specific risk factors and their preferences when determining the appropriate timing and dosage of opioid prescriptions. It’s advisable to opt for short-term prescriptions while keeping a vigilant eye on patients who may be at risk. It’s crucial to incorporate non-opioid pain relievers and regional anesthesia into tailored, multifaceted pain management plans. When addressing acute pain, it’s essential to steer clear of routinely prescribing long-acting opioids and instead focus on closely monitoring patients and having a well-defined plan for discontinuation.