Reducing Opioid Use for Chronic Pain Following Surgery

Reducing Opioid Use for Chronic Pain Patients Following Surgery

Patients with chronic pain are often prescribed long-term opioid therapy, despite the serious risks and growing concerns related to opioid use. The Toronto General Hospital has created the world's first multidisciplinary perioperative Transitional Pain Service Program (TPSP) aimed at reducing the incidence and severity of chronic post-surgical pain. The TPSP incorporates a variety of mechanisms and interventions to help patients manage pain and to wean off opioids. The approach consists of: pain education, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and an e-mobile self- management tool to help patients manage chronic pain more effectively. With the TPSP team, the investigators hope to continually assist patients to achieve a balance between the benefits and potential harms of opioid use to promote long-term health and well-being.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Recruiting patients only

Interventional Group

The Transitional Pain Service Program enables targeted, mechanism-based, treatment innovations aimed at reducing the incidence and severity of chronic post-surgical pain, disability and enabling safe opioid prescribing/ weaning after major surgery. The investigator's TPSP intervention uses a variety of methods to support patients to manage pain and wean off opioids. This includes physician-guided opioid and non-opioid pharmacotherapy and tapering, and clinical psychology services specializing in more on

Control Intervention

Patients in the control group will receive standard care, which involves standard postoperative follow-up with their surgeon/primary care provider. Patients will also be sent with a link for an online multimedia tool during each follow-up time point that will provide information and education regarding non-pharmacologic techniques for managing pain. At the end, all patients in the control arm will be invited to join the TPSP after one year of follow-up if they are still taking opioids.

Ontario Transitional Pain and Opioid Safety Program: Improving Pain and Opioid Practices for Complex Chronic Pain Patients Following Surgery