Long-term opioid use, which may have significant individual and societal impacts, has been documented in up to 20% of patients after trauma or orthopaedic surgery. The objectives of this scoping review were to systematically map the research on strategies aiming to prevent chronic opioid use in these populations and to identify knowledge gaps in this area.
This scoping review is reported according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses extension for Scoping Reviews (PRISMA-ScR) Checklist. We searched seven databases and websites of relevant organizations. Selected studies and guidelines were published between January 2008 and September 2021. Preventive strategies were categorized as: system-based, pharmacological, educational, multimodal, and others. We summarized findings using measures of central tendency and frequency along with p-values. We also reported the level of evidence and the strength of recommendations presented in clinical guidelines.
A total of 391 studies met the inclusion criteria after initial screening from which 66 studies and 20 guidelines were selected. Studies mainly focused on orthopaedic surgery (62,1%), trauma (30.3%) and spine surgery (7.6%). Among system-based strategies, hospital-based individualized opioid tapering protocols, and regulation initiatives limiting the prescription of opioids were associated with statistically significant decreases in morphine equivalent doses (MEDs) at 1 to 3 months following trauma and orthopaedic surgery. Among pharmacological strategies, only the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and beta blockers led to a significant reduction in MEDs up to 12 months after orthopaedic surgery. Most studies on educational strategies, multimodal strategies and psychological strategies were associated with significant reductions in MEDs beyond 1 month. The majority of recommendations from clinical practice guidelines were of low level of evidence.
This scoping review advances knowledge on existing strategies to prevent long-term opioid use in trauma and orthopaedic surgery patients. We observed that system-based, educational, multimodal and psychological strategies are the most promising. Future research should focus on determining which strategies should be implemented particularly in trauma patients at high risk for long-term use, testing those that can promote a judicious prescription of opioids while preventing an illicit use, and evaluating their effects on relevant patient-reported and social outcomes.
Considering the pain induced by traumatic injuries and surgery, opioids are often used in the early recovery phase of patients facing these health issues . As such, a majority of trauma and surgical patients, particularly those who underwent orthopaedic procedures, still receive this analgesic at the time of hospital discharge and, alarmingly, up to 20% become chronic opioid users [2,3,4,5,6]. Moreover, the proportion can even reach 60% in those with a history of long-term opioid use [4, 7,8,9]. In this regard, several studies have documented risk factors for long-term opioid use in trauma and surgical patients, including prolonged duration of the initial opioid prescription [10,11,12,13], low income [9, 14], prior substance abuse [9, 14,15,16,17,18], use of specific medications (e.g., benzodiazepines, muscle relaxants, antidepressants) [9, 15, 18], psychologic comorbidities (particularly depression) [14, 15, 17,18,19,20], a history of chronic pain [15, 16, 18, 19, 21], and disease severity factors (e.g., complexity of fractures, invasiveness of spine surgery, number of surgeries, hospital length of stay) [17, 19, 20, 22].
The long-term use of opioids is associated with important individual and social negative consequences, which increase incrementally with the duration of opioid prescription . For example, patients using opioids in the context of persistent pain were shown to be two to five times more likely to suffer from drowsiness, sleep disorders, headaches and constipation, compared to those not taking such medication . Likewise, compared to nonopioid users, chronic users have greater psychological distress , greater interference with activities  and poorer quality of life [25, 26], without significantly improving their pain relief [2, 23, 25, 27]. Long-term opioid use is also associated with a 30% average rate of misuse (i.e., using opioids differently from how they are prescribed regardless of the presence of adverse events) . Even more disturbing, long-term prescription may ultimately lead patients to the illicit purchase of opioids or its derivatives (e.g., heroin) to meet the needs of their addiction or to compensate for a decrease in prescribed doses [29,30,31]. Taken together, these issues were acknowledged to contribute to the increasing number of overdoses and deaths associated with opioids [32, 33].
Hence, strategies that promote a judicious use of opioids while still providing pain relief are needed during patients’ recovery phase to prevent subsequent long-term negative impacts. Strategies to decrease the amount of opioids used in patients already on chronic therapy, such as tools to improve opioid prescription, education for patients and health professionals, and interprofessional collaboration, have shown promising results . However, little is known about available preventive strategies. Accordingly, we conducted a scoping review to systematically map the research done in this area, as well as to identify gaps in current knowledge on strategies to prevent chronic opioid use in adult trauma patients and in those who underwent an acute surgery for their injuries or a programmed orthopeadic surgery.
Methods and analysis
Our scoping review was performed according to recommendations [35,36,37] and is reported according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses extension for Scoping Reviews (Supplemental Digital File 1: Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses extension for Scoping Reviews (PRISMA-ScR) Checklist) . The study protocol was recently published .
We included randomized controlled trials (RCTs), quasi-randomized, prospective and retrospective observational cohorts, cross-sectional, case–control studies and guidelines. Preventive strategies (pharmacological or non-pharmacological) initially needed to target the acute care trajectory (from hospital admission to 3 months postinjury or post-surgery) [40, 41] of adult patients (≥ 18 years old) after traumatic injuries or acute care surgery . We also included studies of elective orthopedic surgery patients, considering that the mechanisms of pain and likelihood of secondary opioid use are comparable to those of trauma patients that often have fractures . Comparators included placebo, any other intervention, or standard treatment. We first considered outcomes related to opioid use measured at ≥3 months after trauma or surgery, as this timeframe is indicative of a chronic use or long-term therapy [19, 20]. Nonetheless, some studies measured outcomes at 1 month and 6 weeks (medium-term therapy) , prompting us to report results at these time points as well. Since opioids are administered for pain management, we also included outcomes related to pain intensity. We did not apply any language restriction.
Concerns with regard to adverse events associated with prescribed opioids and initiatives to limit long-term opioid use [40, 45] started shortly before 2010. Therefore, we systematically searched studies published between January 2005 and September 2021 registered in the following databases: MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, CINAHL, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), Web of Science and ProQuest. As described in the published protocol , we also queried trauma and surgery, pain, government, and the websites of professional organisations. The reference lists of included articles were screened for any further eligible studies. Using Cochrane guidelines , we developed a rigorous systematic search strategy in collaboration with an information specialist. We used combinations of search terms under the themes of opioids and preventive strategies, including text terms and MESH (Medline) or EMTREE (Embase). We then adapted our search strategies for the other databases. The complete Medline search strategy is presented in Supplemental Digital File 2: Search Strategy in Medline.
Selection and data charting processes
All citations were managed in Covidence (Veritas Health Innovation, Melbourne, Australia). After a reliability test on two sets of 100 citations, pairs of reviewers (MB, CC, SG, OS) independently screened all identified citations using titles, abstracts and full texts. Disagreements were settled through discussion between reviewers and further discussed with an expert clinical researcher when needed (AT). Two data extraction forms were created: one for original studies and one for practice guidelines. They were tested on a sample of five studies and two guidelines, respectively, before pairs of reviewers (MB, CC, SG and OS) independently extracted data. The following information was retrieved from original studies: setting, population, risk factors for chronic opioid use (e.g. history of substance abuse, chronic pain, mood disorders) , study design, intervention(s), comparator(s), outcome measures and their timepoints, effectiveness of the strategy based on outcome measures of central tendency (i.e., mean) and frequency (rate, proportion) in intervention and comparator groups along with p-values for statistical significance. The same pairs of reviewers also extracted the following data from guidelines: setting, population and the recommended preventive strategies along with their level of evidence and the strength of their recommendations.
Data collation was conducted independently by two reviewers (CC and SG) and validated by a third reviewer (MB). Preventive strategies were organized into seven categories according to the type of preventive strategy as per pain management guidelines in trauma  and other fields [48, 49]: system-based, pharmacological, educational, multimodal and others, which included surgical procedures, alternative and psychological. The evidence from original studies was categorized based on whether or not findings favoured preventive strategies, as demonstrated by statistically significant results, set at p < 0.05 in the context of this review. We also compared the outcomes for the populations included in this scoping review (trauma, spine surgery, and elective orthopedic surgery) in relation to the categories of the preventive strategies. Results for the trauma population were not presented separately because of the similarities in the data compared to other populations and the fact that some categories or specific types of intervention contained very few studies. For guidelines, we described recommendations according to preventive strategy categories and their level of evidence specifying to which populations they applied. We reported levels of evidence and strength of recommendations according to the classification systems used in each of the guidelines.
Literature search and selection process
The searches identified 46,499 citations, including 15,840 duplicates of original studies and guidelines. As shown in Fig. 1, 391 studies met the inclusion criteria after initial screening. A total of 308 studies were excluded after the full-text review and are listed in Supplemental Digital File 3: Excluded full texts. The main reasons for exclusion at the full-text stage were: not measuring opioid use (n = 114), having only protocols available (n = 71) or wrong study design (n = 66). After final screening we included 66 studies [5, 50,51,52,53,54,55,56,57,58,59,60,61,62,63,64,65,66,67,68,69,70,71,72,73,74,75,76,77,78,79,80,81,82,83,84,85,86,87,88,89,90,91,92,93,94,95,96,97,98,99,100,101,102,103,104,105,106,107,108,109,110,111,112,113,114] and 20 [47, 48, 115,116,117,118,119,120,121,122,123,124,125,126,127,128,129,130,131,132] guidelines in the qualitative synthesis. These studies and guidelines were published between 2008 and 2021, with only one item (1.2%) published before 2010, 16 (18.6%) between 2010 and 2016 and 69 (80.2%) between 2017 and 2021.
The sample sizes ranged from 40  to 120,080  participants (mean = 5, 094, median = 230) with an average age between 20  and 75  years, but greater than 55 years in the majority of studies (n = 49). More than 60% of the studies (n = 41) had more than 50% of females (range from 1.0 to 81.0%). Most of the selected studies (62.1%) focused on the elective orthopaedic surgery population who underwent procedures to the limbs [50, 51, 54, 56,57,58,59, 61, 62, 64, 65, 67, 68, 70,71,72,73,74, 76, 78, 82, 84, 88,89,90,91,92, 95, 102,103,104,105,106,107,108,109,110,111,112,113,114]. The remaining studies targeted trauma populations (18.2%) [5, 63, 66, 75, 87, 93, 94, 96, 98,99,100,101] or a mix of trauma and elective orthopaedic surgical patients (12.1%) [52, 53, 55, 77, 79, 80, 86, 97], and patients who underwent spine surgery performed by orthopaedic or neurosurgeons (7.6%) [60, 69, 81, 83, 85].
As described in Table 1: Study Characteristics, Description of Strategies and Outcomes, selected studies were divided in seven categories, according to the type of strategy assessed. Among system-based strategies, we identified 22 studies on hospital-based protocols to limit or improve opioid prescriptions (n = 13) [77,78,79,80,81,82,83, 89, 90, 92, 96, 97, 102] or formal government regulation in some U.S. states to limit opioid prescriptions (n = 9) [85,86,87,88, 91, 93, 103,104,105]. Among pharmacological strategies, we identified 18 studies [62,63,64,65,66,67,68,69,70,71,72,73,74,75,76, 94, 98, 99, 106], which mainly focused on the effect of anesthetic agents administered through regional anesthesia (n = 8) [62, 65, 70, 73, 74, 94, 98, 99] and the impact of medication on the central nervous system [63, 66, 67, 69] (n = 4) and opioid use. The educational strategies comprised seven studies on strategies aimed at providing patient information on the adequate use of opioids (n = 6) [5, 50, 51, 53, 100, 107] or aimed as a reminder to professionals on opioid prescribing guidelines (n = 1) . The multimodal strategies included eight studies testing strategies on multiple analgesic regimens or a combination of pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies [56,57,58, 68, 84, 101, 108, 110] and a transitional pain service . Finally, five studies focused on the effect of surgical techniques (e.g., different surgical approaches [59,60,61, 111]) or inpatient vs. outpatient surgery ; two on an alternative pain management strategy (i.e., acupuncture) [54, 55], and three on a psychological strategy (i.e., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy , motivational interviewing  or mindfulness .
We identified three outcomes related to opioid use. The most commonly measured outcome was the quantity of opioids in morphine equivalent doses (MEDs) (n = 44) [53, 55,56,57,58,59, 61, 63, 68, 70, 72, 74,75,76,77, 79,80,81,82,83,84,85,86,87, 89,90,91,92,93, 96,97,98,99,100,101,102,103,104,105,106,107,108, 110, 111], generally measured at 6 weeks or 1, 3 and 6 months. The proportion of patients using opioids was the second most frequently used outcome measure in the selected studies (n = 25) [5, 53, 57, 58, 62,63,64,65, 67, 69, 72, 73, 78, 81, 86, 94, 96, 100, 101, 105, 107, 109, 112, 114, 134] and this evaluation was often conducted at 3 (n = 13) [5, 53, 57, 62, 63, 65, 72, 81, 94, 100, 105, 112, 114] and 6 months (n = 6) [64, 67, 78, 101, 114]. The least frequently measured outcome was the proportion of patients who received an opioid prescription refill (n = 18) [57, 68, 79,80,81, 83, 89,90,91,92, 96, 97, 102, 103, 105, 108, 110, 111] at 1 and 3 months. None of the studies measured illicit opioid use or opioid diversion (i.e., opioid diverted from siblings who have legitimate prescriptions). Data came from patient records or clinical-administrative databases (n = 27) [5, 60, 73, 74, 78,79,80,81, 83,84,85,86,87,88,89, 91, 94, 98, 101,102,103,104,105, 108, 110, 112, 114], or a combination of these methods, and from patient self-report (n = 17) [53, 55, 58, 62, 63, 65, 68, 71, 72, 77, 82, 90, 96, 100, 107, 109, 113] in many studies. The remaining studies measured outcomes from self-reported data only (n = 5) [50, 54, 67, 69, 95] or did not clearly describe the data source (n = 17) [51, 52, 56, 57, 59, 61, 64, 66, 70, 75, 76, 92, 93, 97, 99, 106, 111]. Regarding the proportion of trauma and orthopaedic surgical patients still using opioids at follow-up, the proportion of patients using opioids at 3 months as reported in some studies varied from 12 to 30% in trauma patients [63, 86, 100] and from 10 to 50% in elective orthopaedic surgical patients [67, 78, 95, 107, 112] presenting risk factors for chronic opioid use. One study also reported proportions of almost 70% for patients with a history of chronic opioid use at 12 months in the context of elective orthopaedic surgery . Two studies concerning trauma populations documented proportions of 20 to 40% for patients with no documented risk factors at 3 months [5, 94] and the proportion decreased to 15% at 6 months . For other studies conducted mostly in non-trauma patients without or with minimal risk factors (≤ 25% of the sample), the proportion varied from 0% (intervention group only) to 25% at 3 months [57, 65, 105, 107, 109, 114].
As shown in Table 2: Study Characteristics, Description of Strategies and Outcomes, most guidelines came from the U.S. (n = 13) [47, 48, 115, 118,119,120,121,122,123, 126, 128, 130, 131]. They provided recommendations to prevent chronic opioid use in the following populations: surgery in general (20%) [48, 116, 117, 123], orthopaedic surgery (35%) [118, 124, 125, 127, 128, 130, 132], trauma (25%) [47, 122, 126, 129, 131], a combination of trauma and orthopaedic surgery (10%) [119, 120] as well as general and orthopaedic surgery (5%) , or patients with acute pain (5%) . Guideline recommendations were classified according to the following categories: system-based, pharmacological, educational and multimodal.
Evidence on preventive strategies
As described in Table 1: Study Characteristics, Description of Strategies and Outcomes, this category contains 19 retrospective [77,78,79,80,81,82,83, 85,86,87,88,89, 91,92,93, 97, 102,103,104,105] and three prospective cohort studies [77, 90, 96], whose comparators were all pre-intervention data.
Most studies on hospital-based and government regulation initiatives limiting the prescription of opioids showed a significant decrease in MED taken by opioid-naïve and non-opioid naïve patients at 1 month after trauma [86, 87, 93] and elective orthopeadic surgery [85, 88, 90, 91, 104], and mainly in opioid-naïve patients up to 3 months in these two populations [82, 86, 92, 102,103,104,105]. Also, regulation on prescription limits led to mixed results on opioid refills, with a significant decrease [80, 82, 103, 105] or increase [88, 90, 91, 102] after trauma and elective orthopaedic surgery. Strategies related to the implementation of prescription guidelines did not lead to a significant decrease in MED, opioid refills or the proportion of patients using opioids after trauma at 1 month [77, 96, 97]. However, strategies based on individualized opioid tapering protocols, which were not evaluated in the context of trauma, led to a significant reduction in opioid use in MED 6 weeks  and 6 months after spine surgery . About a third of patients were using opioids preoperatively in these studies [83, 89]. It is interesting to note that most studies performed in elective orthopaedic surgical context had more than 25% of patients at high risk of chronic opioid use (i.e., prior opioid use, alcohol abuse or psychological comorbidities) [78, 82, 83, 85, 89], all of which demonstrated at least one statistically significant result favouring the group that received a preventive strategy.
System-based strategies were also frequently addressed in practice guidelines (Table 2: Study Characteristics, Description of Strategies and Outcomes). However, recommendations were mostly based on expert consensus or low-quality evidence. Guidelines strongly emphasized the importance of an early assessment of patients’ risk factors in order to plan for the required follow-up [48, 115,116,117, 121, 131]. Similarly, communication between professionals was recommended in order to establish the required follow-up, to avoid multiple prescribers, and to refer patients to specialized resources in a timely manner after trauma and orthopaedic surgery, particularly those misusing opioids or with a history of substance abuse [47, 115,116,117,118,119, 130].
This category includes ten RCTs [62, 65,66,67, 69,70,71, 75, 76, 106], six retrospective [72,73,74, 94, 98, 99] and two prospective cohort studies [63, 64] (Table 1: Study Characteristics, Description of Strategies and Outcomes). Most studies used a placebo (n = 9) [62, 66, 67, 69, 71, 74,75,76, 106] or no intervention (n = 7) [63, 64, 72, 73, 94, 98, 99] as comparators. Studies comparing the use of regional anesthesia to general anesthesia in trauma patients, showed an increase in MED at 3 months post-injury [98, 99]. One study evaluating the impact of recreational cannabis use during the recovery of trauma patients showed a significant increase in MED at 6 months and in the duration of opioid use, compared to patients who never used this drug . Among the studies that analyzed the effect of nerve blocks as a preventive strategy [62, 65, 70, 73, 74, 94], compared to usual care or placebo, none showed a significant decrease in MED [70, 74] or in the proportion of opioid-naïve and non-opioid naïve patients using opioids [62, 65, 73, 94] in the trauma or orthopaedic surgical populations at 3 months and beyond. Likewise, drugs with an impact on the central nervous system (e.g., gabapentinoids, antidepressants) [66, 67, 69] were not significantly associated with a reduction in opioid use in patients with burn injury  or who underwent spine  or elective orthopaedic surgery . Three RCTs [71, 76, 106] on the regular use of postoperative NSAIDs compared to placebo showed a significant decrease in opioid use up to 12 months after an elective orthopaedic surgical procedure (i.e., total knee arthroplasty or shoulder surgery) regardless of whether or not opioids were taken prior to surgery. Beta blockers have also been associated with a reduction in MED and in the proportion of patients using opioids at 1 month after an elective orthopaedic surgery in a retrospective study conducted in a population with a large proportion of patients with a history of depression .
Many guidelines (Table 2: Study Characteristics, Description of Strategies and Outcomes) emphasized the safety of opioid prescriptions [47, 116,117,118, 120, 121, 125, 127, 129, 131, 132] in trauma and surgical populations. Those guidelines recommended using opioids only when necessary [117, 118, 127, 129, 131, 132], at the lowest effective dose [47, 117, 118, 131], avoiding dose escalation [117, 120], and using opioids for the shortest period of time possible [47, 118, 131]. These recommendations were associated with moderate to high levels of evidence in trauma  and in patients on preoperative opioid use . The use of NSAIDs as a strategy to limit long-term opioid use was rated as high-quality evidence in one guideline on elective orthopaedic procedures . Guidelines also specified that opioid prescriptions must be tailored to the patient’s condition [47, 48, 116, 119, 121, 126, 131]. However, these recommendations were mainly based on expert consensus.
This category comprises three RCTs [50, 51, 53, 100, 107] and two retrospective cohort studies [5, 52], the majority of which used standard educational programs [50,51,52,53, 100, 107] or no educational intervention  as comparators (Table 1: Study Characteristics, Description of Strategies and Outcomes). Many studies evaluating educational strategies reported positive outcomes after trauma and orthopaedic surgery. MED was measured in two studies [53, 100] and favoured (one study with significant result  and one small pilot study without significant results ) the group of patients who received a formal education program compared to usual care, at 6 weeks and 3 months after an injury. These outcomes were achieved despite the presence of more than 25% of patients at high risk (i.e., history of substance abuse, psychological comorbidities, opioid use before the injury) for long-term opioid use in the study population. However, another study conducted in elective orthopaedic surgery showed a significant decrease in the proportion of opioid dependence (i.e., 6 opioid prescriptions from the date of surgery) only in opioid-naïve patients . Time to opioid cessation was measured in two studies [50, 53] and was significantly lower in patients who received educational strategies after traumatic injuries  and elective orthopaedic surgery . Finally, an educational program for hand surgeons led to a 20% significant decrease in prescribed opioids at 3 months .
Guidelines also provided recommendations on educational strategies for patients and health care professionals [47, 48, 116, 118, 121, 127, 131, 132] after trauma and surgery, but the majority were based on expert consensus or lower quality evidence (Table 2: Study Characteristics, Description of Strategies and Outcomes). These recommendations focused on educating patients and/or families about the risks and benefits of opioids [121, 131], different pain management methods to limit opioid use [116, 118, 121], and information on storing and returning medications after surgery [116, 131]. They also provided advice on using a monitoring and tapering opioids plan [48, 118].
This category includes two RCTs [57, 68], two prospective [58, 110] and five retrospective cohort study [56, 84, 101, 108, 109] comparing different types of multimodal regimens to usual treatment (Table 1: Study Characteristics, Description of Strategies and Outcomes). Although less numerous, multimodal strategies were also associated with several favourable outcomes after trauma and elective orthopaedic surgery. For example, studies on multimodal analgesic regimens with minimal opioid use showed significant reductions in MED but not in the proportion of opioid users at 6 months after trauma  compared to patients who received a regimen mainly based on opioids. It should be noted that risk factors for opioid use were not specified in this study and that only 3% of patients were still taking opioids in both groups at 6 months. Still, for the elective orthopaedic population, a significant decrease in MED was reported up to 3 months in opioid-naïve and non-opioid naïve patients [57, 68, 84, 110]. Moreover, the proportion of opioid-free patients at 6 weeks increased significantly for those who received an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program, consisting of pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies for pain management, compared to those who did not after an elective orthopaedic surgery . Such results were also observed after the implementation of a transitional multidisciplinary service in opioid-naïve and non-opioid naïve veterans . A large proportion of this population had a history of mental health disorders. Finally, studies demonstrated a significant reduction in MED at 6 weeks to 3 months by adding cryoneurolysis to multimodal analgesic regimen in an elective orthopaedic surgery population without risk factors for chronic opioid use [56, 108].
Most guidelines [47, 48, 116,117,118, 120, 122, 123, 125, 128, 130,131,132] recommended a multimodal analgesia plan (i.e., acetaminophen, NSAIDs) as a first line of treatment to limit opioid use in trauma and surgical patients, based on moderate to high quality evidence (Table 2: Study Characteristics, Description of Strategies and Outcomes). A few guidelines [48, 120, 121] also recommend the addition of anticonvulsants (e.g., pregabalin) under specific conditions, such as neuropathic pain. Several guidelines also propose non-pharmacological strategies [116, 117], including complementary and integrative health approaches (e.g., acupuncture, mindfulness meditation) , transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) , cognitive behavioural therapy, physical activity or behavioural health interventions , as well as cooling and compression techniques . Those strategies were rated as low-quality evidence, except physical activity, behavioural activation and TENS, which had moderate quality evidence in the trauma and post-surgical context, respectively.
Others (surgical, alternative, psychological)
The remaining ten studies included seven RCTs [54, 55, 59, 61, 95, 113, 114] and three retrospective cohort study [60, 111, 112]. Four studies compared two types of surgery (inpatient or outpatient) with one another [59,60,61, 111]; one opioid use following Outpatient versus Inpatient Total Joint Arthroplasty ; three psychological interventions (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational interviewing with guided opioid tapering support) to information [95, 113]; and the last two evaluated the efficacy of acupuncture compared to usual care  or placebo . All studies involved an orthopaedic surgical population except for one study on acupuncture that involved trauma patients. None of the interventions described in these studies [54, 55, 59,60,61, 95, 111, 112] showed a significant reductions in opioid use excepting one study evaluating the impact of an outpatient surgical intervention and two studies that assessed psychological strategies (mindfulness therapy and motivational interviewing combined with opioid tapering support). These studies demonstrated a statistically significant decrease in the proportion of new opioid persistent use , opioid use at 1 month  and an earlier return to previous opioid use  in elective orthopaedic surgery patients. A large proportion of these patients had psychological comorbidities and a history of preoperative opioid use particularly when psychological interventions were tested. We identified no guidelines recommendations on these intervention categories used as a single therapy.
The effect of chronic opioid use prevention strategies on pain management
We analyzed study findings to determine if reductions in opioid use were associated with increased pain intensity. Near half of included studies (n = 30) assessed pain intensity concomitantly with strategies aimed at preventing chronic opioid use [53,54,55, 57,58,59,60,61,62, 64,65,66,67,68, 70, 71, 74,75,76, 78, 84, 90, 95, 96, 100, 106, 107, 110, 113, 114]. There was no significant difference between the groups that received a preventive strategy compared to the control groups for most of these studies, while seven indicated a significant decrease [57, 62, 65, 66, 71, 107, 113] and one a significant increase .
Our scoping review provides a comprehensive overview of the existing strategies to prevent long-term opioid use in patients who have undergone trauma or orthopeadic surgery while identifying future research avenues. More than 80% of studies and guidelines were published after 2017, reflecting the marked interest in countering the opioid crisis from the middle of the last decade. This concern is also highlighted by the fact that more than a third of the studies evaluated strategies to legislate or guide opioid prescriptions. Most of the studies were conducted in patients who had orthopaedic surgery and only a few were performed specifically in the trauma population. However, outcomes related to the different categories of strategies were comparable across these two types of study populations, even though elective orthopedic surgery patients were often using opioids preoperatively. Less than half of studies were high-quality evidence (i.e., RCTs). Retained studies evaluated system-based, pharmacological, educational, multimodal, surgical, alternative and psychological strategies. The most commonly used outcome measure was MED and a few studies documented the proportion of patients still using opioids at 3 months and beyond, which was considerably more important in those with risk factors. Data were mostly collected from patient records and clinical-administrative databases, but close to a third of studies did not provide information on the data source. Also, very few studies examined patient-reported outcomes and none measured the illicit use of opioids or opioid diversion that might be associated with a decrease in prescriptions [29, 31].
System-based strategies were regularly associated with long-term reductions in opioid use with mostly favourable results [78, 82, 83, 86, 102, 104, 105]. Such findings might indicate that hospital-based protocols and guidelines provide information on standards of practice and can be used as reminder mechanisms, enhancing the judicious prescription of opioids . Legislations on prescribing limits were mainly effective with regard to the reduction of MED used by patients in the acute phase [85,86,87,88, 91, 93, 103, 104] but the effect was not sustained in the chronic phase in non-opioid naïve patients [87, 88, 91]. Prescribing limits enacted by several U.S. states have been associated with mitigated findings [136,137,138]. This may be caused by the fact that this strategy does not acknowledge the difference between minimally painful conditions and more painful conditions, and that it is not suitable for patients who were previously using opioids . This more restrictive strategy may also lead patients to turn to the illicit market if pain remains a significant problem [31, 140]. For patients with risk factors for long-term opioid use, a more individualized approach to prescribing may be necessary as demonstrated by the positive results obtained in studies evaluating tailored tapering protocols [83, 84].
Regarding pharmacological strategies, only NSAIDs [71, 76] and beta blockers in specific orthopaedic surgical procedures limited prolonged opioid therapy. Ketamine has been the subject of several studies, but none of them were included in this review because opioid use was measured only in the short term (Supplemental Digital File 3: Excluded full texts). Interestingly, analgesics administered through nerve blocks and other drugs were mainly prescribed intraoperatively and in the immediate postoperative period, while NSAIDs [71, 76] and beta blockers  were used by patients for 6 weeks after surgery. Pregabalin, administered for approximately the same time period, did not lead to a decrease in MED in trauma patients. Nevertheless, this result was from a small RCT which was not powered to find a statistically significant difference in opioid use between groups . Non-medical cannabis use also resulted in increased opioid consumption over a longer time period. However, despite its potential analgesic properties, the use of cannabis without medical supervision may indicate a propensity for substance abuse [141, 142]. Thus, extending medical prescriptions of co-analgesia beyond hospital discharge may be a potential solution to limit the long-term consumption of opioids. Such an approach will need to balance the risk-benefit of analgesics, such as NSAIDs which is contraindicated in patients with cardiovascular and renal diseases, and the risk of complications, which includes delayed bone union or non-union with more than 2 weeks of treatment [143,144,145,146].
Although fewer in number, studies on educational and multimodal preventive strategies also showed promising findings. Educational strategies included formal education to patients, with or without a follow-up, on how to use opioids and on the potential adverse events associated with prolonged therapy [5, 50, 53, 100, 106]. This indicates that some patients are responsive to advice provided by health care professionals on the risks associated with opioid use. The implementation of an educational assistive device to be used as a memory prompt about guidelines also helped health care professionals prescribe less opioids . This concurs with the findings from a recent systematic review showing that interventions providing support during clinical decision can reduce low value practices . With regard to multimodal strategies, those associated with positive outcomes were based on the concomitant use of several analgesics (e.g., acetaminophen, gabapentin, NSAID and opioid) [57, 68, 84, 101, 110], sometimes in combination with non-pharmacological strategies such as physiotherapy  and cryotherapy [56, 108] as well as the involvement of interdisciplinary teams . In addition, the use of psychological strategies involving mindfulness  and motivational interviewing  have been shown to be beneficial in patients at risk for long-term opioid use following orthopaedic elective surgery. Such approaches were shown to improve pain management after musculoskeletal injuries [148, 149] and could, therefore, contribute to a decrease in opioid use. Conversely, although understudied, non-pharmacological strategies, such as the use of acupuncture were not conclusive [54, 55].
The evidence described in this review is largely similar to that of a recent systematic review on strategies to improve the judicious use of opioids in patients already on chronic therapy . This review identified the following strategies as the most promising: clinical practice changes, such as a tool to improve opioid prescription practices, public campaigns, including the development of opioid prescribing guidelines, education for patients and health professionals, and collaborative work involving interprofessional and interdisciplinary teams . However, although some strategies to prevent long-term opioid use after trauma and orthopaedic surgery were associated with favourable outcomes in terms of opioid use, the quality of evidence to support them remains low as highlighted in several recommendations from practice guidelines. This, except for recommendations on pharmacological strategies to use minimal opioids in trauma , multimodal pain management strategies  and NDSAIDs in orthopedic surgery [127, 132]. Several systematic reviews on opioid misuse in the context of chronic pain also concluded that there is a shortage of high-quality studies on strategies to promote the judicious use of opioids [150,151,152]. Many aspects of this complex issue will require further studies to enable the implementation of efficient and safe strategies in the health care setting. For example, even though the trauma population shares similarities with the surgical population, their care trajectories can lead to important gaps and setbacks in opioid weaning. Only a few hospitals are designated as trauma centers, so trauma patients may be sent to recover in regional hospitals while many may also necessitate rehabilitation before returning home and being monitored in their community . Hence, strategies that target judicious opioid reduction in each phase of the trauma patient’s care trajectory, and communication mechanisms between health professionals involved in these different phases should be developed and evaluated in future studies. Furthermore, considering that the prescription of opioids has been identified as a precipitating factor in the illicit use of this drug and its derivatives, such as heroin [29, 30], it is important to develop strategies that take this risk into consideration. To this end, strategies that do not aim at stopping opioids at all costs but according to specific indicators, such as pain interference with activities, and that include patient follow-up, particularly those with risk factors for addiction, should be considered [140, 154].
In addition to reliable data on opioid use, future trials on the effectiveness of preventive strategies should focus on patient relevant outcomes such as pain, quality of life or daily function. Adverse events related to opioid use (e.g., intoxications, drowsiness, constipation, psychological distress), opioid diversion, illicit drug use as well as direct costs (e.g., health care service utilization, cost per quality-adjusted life-year) and indirect costs (e.g., lost in productivity) should also be measured. Likewise, the effectiveness of strategies in high-risk patients needs further confirmations considering that they use opioids in the long-term in a greater proportion, making them those who could benefit the most from preventive measures. Finally, subgroup analyses could help determine the role of biological sex and gender determinants, as well as socioeconomic status on the effect of preventive strategies [155, 156].
Strengths and limits
This study presents a rigorous, comprehensive review of the evidence on strategies aimed at preventing chronic opioid use. Several trauma and surgery stakeholders from various disciplines (e.g., surgeons, physicians specialized in pain, psychologists, nurses, pharmacists and physiotherapists) and researchers specialized in trauma, orthopaedic surgery and/or mental health and addiction contributed to the analysis and interpretation of findings. These experts also identified research needs to decrease the knowledge gap regarding preventive strategies in order to determine their effectiveness and promote their implementation in clinical practice.
This study also has some limitations. First, for feasibility reasons, we restricted the review to studies and guidelines published since 2005. Hence, we may have missed research evidence published before this date. However, most studies on limiting opioid prescribing emerged after 2005, as illustrated by the fact that we only found studies or guidelines published since 2008 and beyond and only one item before 2010. Second, some types of preventive strategies, including alternative, have not been the subject of many large-scale studies, which limits the conclusions that can be drawn on their potential benefits. Third, significant findings on long-term opioid use are limited since the outcomes were sometimes measured no longer than 1 month after trauma or surgery. Nonetheless, we believe that data on medium-term use provide valuable information on opioid tapering trends extending after this period. Fourth, this review aimed to provide an overview of the research strategies to prevent chronic opioid use and the methodological quality of studies and guidelines was not assessed. Hence, although positive and significant results were identified for a few strategies, with some guidelines giving specific levels of evidence with regard to these strategies, findings must be interpreted with caution. Moreover, we do not know if reductions in prescribed opioid use for the studied strategies led patients to obtain this drug through non-legal means. In any case, findings highlight the need to conduct further studies to confirm the effectiveness and safety of the described preventive strategies. As well, to identify strategies to target for future research, we will need to determine those estimated to be the most feasible and useful by health care providers through a practice survey. This step will be included in a research program on the development and evaluation of strategies aimed at preventing long-term opioid use in high-risk trauma patients.
Our scoping review gives an overview of the existing preventive strategies for chronic opioid use in patients who have undergone trauma and orthopaedic surgery. Some strategies, such as the implementation of individualized opioid tapering protocols, multimodal approaches, and educational strategies were promising. However, the low-quality evidence of these strategies clearly demonstrates that continued development and testing is needed to determine their preventive effect. In order to do so, future studies should target patients at high risk of chronic opioid use, evaluate patient-relevant and social outcomes, as well as measure opioid illicit use. More research on trauma patients who have specific care trajectories and on the potential risk of patients turning to illegitimate drug use is also required. Finally, special attention should be given to the feasibility and acceptability of the preventive strategies in complex trauma systems to facilitate their implementation in clinical practice.
Availability of data and materials
All data generated or analysed during the current study are included in this article and its supplementary information files.
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