This indicator measures the percentage of non-palliative patients newly dispensed an opioid within a six-month reporting period prescribed by any provider in the health care system.
The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain and Health Quality Ontario’s quality standards both recommend against prescribing opioids for chronic non-cancer pain until non-opioid pharmacotherapy and/or nonpharmacological therapies have been attempted. Avoiding new starts of opioids can help to prevent long-term use, which can lead to significant harm.
Performance on this indicator is available in Health Quality Ontario’s MyPractice Reports. To access more timely information on opioid prescriptions:
- EMR queries can help you to monitor opioid prescriptions by a provider in your organization.
- The Digital Health Drug Repository can help you to monitor opioid prescriptions by others in the health care system.
Click here to visit Health Quality Ontario’s Indicator Library to view how to measure the percentage of non-palliative care patients newly dispensed an opioid.