Davidson & Gyn Team Funded to Create Post-Surgery Opioid Prescribing Model

DIHI Innovation Awards
Brittany Davidson
Brittany Davidson, MD

A project led by Brittany Davidson, MD, an assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and gynecologic oncologist with Duke Cancer Institute, has been selected for funding by the Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI)

Her project is alled "GO-POP (Gynecologic Oncology Predictor of Postoperative Opioid use): Integration of a validated post-operative opioid-use nomogram for gynecologic surgery."

Brittany A. Davidson, MD, of Duke University, discusses the development and validation of the GO-POP model (Gynecologic Oncology Predictor of Postoperative opioid use), an individualized patient-centered predictive tool designed to help avoid overprescribing pain medications (ID# 10253).

The project team, with a $30,000 grant from DIHI, will be working together to integrate an evidence-based post-operative opioid prescribing model into the electronic health record. In addition to Davidson, the investigators include DCI's Laura Havrilesky, MD, MHSc, a gynecologic oncologist and a professor in the Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology; Eric Jelovsek, MD, a professor in the Dept. of OB/GYN, Division of Urogynecology; Beverly Gray, MD, an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Matthew Barber, MD, chair of the Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Andrew Berchuck, MD, chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of DCI's Gynecologic Cancer Disease Group.

The GO-POP project was one of ten "high-potential innovation projects" selected across Duke Health following DIHI's annual call for "novel strategies to improve value of care delivery, advance health equity, amplify digital solutions for care and monitoring, strengthen provider and staff experience and well-being and enhance patient engagement and experience."

In addition to providing funding for these projects, DIHI will work with various Duke Health and Duke University partners to provide the project teams access to data, analytics, statistical analysis, machine learning and AI resources, while driving project and implementation management.

“The challenges we have faced over the past year have helped us re-focus our attention on finding new and innovative ways to advance care, improve lives and promote equity. The DIHI RFA taps into our incredibly talented faculty and staff who are motivated to seek solutions that address these issues,” said William J Fulkerson, MD, Executive Vice President, Duke University Health System, in an interview with School of Medicine senior science writer Lindsay Key, MFA, MNR. “The projects selected this year offer the potential for changing how we deliver care, improving operations in some cases while re-imagining our approach to health and health equity in others.