Special Issue "Evidence-Based Evaluation of Opioid Prescribing Practices"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Lior Rennert
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Guest Editor
Department of Public Health Sciences, 503 Edwards Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
Interests: infectious disease; modeling; opioids; public policy; mindfulness; neurodegenerative diseases; electronic health records
Dr. Sarah Bauer Floyd
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Guest Editor
Department of Public Health Sciences, Clemson School of Nursing, Clemson University School of Health Research, 605 Grove Road, Office 325.1 Greenville, SC 29605, USA
Interests: comparative effectiveness research; evidence-based care; data-informed care; personalized medicine; postoperative pain management; acute pain management; hospital opioid utilization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Opioids are regularly prescribed for pain management, yet there is limited evidence available to guide prescribing behavior. Opioid prescriptions, especially those prescribed postoperatively, remain a significant contributor to the opioid crisis and in many cases can spur new, persistent opioid users. Recent hospital-based initiatives have aimed to curtail both perioperative and postoperative opioid use. The goal of these new initiatives is to greatly reduce the utilization of opioids while maintaining adequate pain control and patient satisfaction.

This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) focuses on the current state of knowledge on hospital-based perioperative and postoperative prescribing protocols aiming to reduce opioid utilization. We are particularly interested in papers that evaluate patient outcomes such as opioid use and misuse, medication requests or refills, patient satisfaction, pain control, complications, or condition-specific patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) in the postoperative period. However, the evaluation of opioid prescribing practices in other settings will also be considered. We invite papers from all medical specialties, especially those adhering to the highest methodological standards and with an applied focus at the hospital or health system level.

We invite new research papers, but will also consider other manuscript types, including brief reports, and commentaries.

Dr. Lior Rennert
Dr. Sarah Bauer Floyd
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • opioid policy
  • opioid misuse
  • opioid use disorder
  • pain management
  • perioperative opioid utilization
  • discharge prescribing
  • postoperative pain
  • patient satisfaction
  • patient-reported outcomes
  • prescribing guidelines
  • hospital
  • health system

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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