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Opioid Use in Shoulder Arthroplasty Patients

September 9, 2019


Researchers are seeking ways to minimize opioid use after surgery. The University of California, Davis is hosting a clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of education on decreasing opioid use in patients who are receiving elective shoulder surgery.


Study Information

This interventional study consists of two groups: an experimental arm group and a no intervention arm group. Patients will be randomly assigned to the groups. The control arm group will include opioid education with discussion and a pain contract. The no intervention arm group will receive standard preoperative care without opioid use and risk teaching. The effectiveness of the education will be measured by opioid use and number of refills.


Inclusion Criteria

  • All sexes, ages 18 years or older
  • Able to provide consent
  • Planning to undergo elective shoulder surgery


Exclusion Criteria

  • Unable to provide consent
  • Prisoners
  • Children
  • Pregnancy



You may participate in this study at UC Davis Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in Sacramento, California, United States, 95817. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Laura Sonoda, MD at 925-570-4966 or at



This study is sponsored by the University of California, Davis with Robert M. Szabo serving as the Principal Investigator.

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