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ty of life score was 4 on a 5-point scale. Dr. Englesbe notes that fewer opioids are only one component of the larger pain management strategy. The focus has to be on what does work, which will not be the same for every patient. "Just not giving opioids is not the answer — we have to give the best pain care," says Dr. Englesbe. In the case of this study, the team provided a full care pathway. "From the beginning, everyone was on the same page with talking to patients about their pain and letting them know that operations hurt," adds Dr. Englesbe. He and his team are just getting started. They will expand their list of selected surgical procedures from 6 to 18 and are working to implement the strategy to other institutions across the state. "Our overall goal is to have half the operations done in the state of Michigan without patients needing opioids and still getting excellent pain care," says Dr. Englesbe. "There are alternatives to opioids for surgical pain that work well and we should be using them more." OSM 5 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 1 9

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