MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Tina Hernandez-Boussard, PhD MPH, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Data Science, and Surgery
Stanford School of Medicine
Stanford, CA 94305-5479
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: Opioid addiction is a national crisis. As surgery is thought to be a gateway to opioid misuse, opioid-sparing approaches for pain management following surgery are a top priority.
We conducted a meta-analysis of 39 randomized clinical trials of common non-pharmalogical interventions used for postoperative pain management.
We found that acupuncture and electrotherapy following total knee replacement reduced or delayed patients’ opioid use.