Prescription opioid use before and after kidney transplant: Implications for posttransplant outcomes
Opioid analgesics serve an important role in management of acute and chronic pain, but recognition of
an “epidemic” of complications related to the misuse, abuse, and inherent potential toxicity of
prescription opioids is a growing. Concerns about opioid-related toxicity are even greater in patients with
end-stage organ failure due to altered drug protein binding, metabolism, and excretion. This activity will
increase the awareness of transplant professionals of patterns of prescription opioid use before and after
kidney transplantation, and outcomes associated opioid medication use in these periods. Such knowledge
may help practitioners better understand the risk of transplant patients at their center, and direct efforts
to mitigate risk, such as focused monitoring of support of higher risk patients over time after surgery.
1. Understand the patterns of prescription opioid use before and after kidney transplantation in
2. Understand relationships of pre- and post-transplant prescription opioid use in the kidney
3. Understand associations of opioid use before and after kidney transplantation with patient and
The American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for
Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
ASTS designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The authors of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
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