Table 3

Prescribed fixed and PRN analgesics by group

Analgesic (fixed)Prescribed
ControlInterventionP value
n (%)*n (%)
NSAIDs
 Ibuprofen18 (13.1%)15 (14.4%)0.77
 Celecoxib19 (13.9%)16 (15.4%)0.74
 Naproxen8 (5.8%)12 (11.5%)0.11
 Meloxicam32 (23.4%)27 (26.0%)0.64
 Paracetamol97 (70.8%)84 (80.8%)0.08
 Pregabalin72 (52.6%)64 (61.5%)0.16
 Oxycodone SR38 (27.7%)31 (29.8%)0.73
 Oxycodone–naloxone66 (48.2%)37 (35.6%)0.05
Analgesic (PRN)
 Morphine62 (45.3%)48 (46.2%)0.89
 Oxycodone131 (95.6%)101 (97.1%)0.54
 Tramadol62 (45.3%)35 (33.7%)0.07
  • *Number of prescriptions in each group. Percentages are across the groups within an analgesic.

  • NSAID, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug; PRN, pro re nata; SR, sustained release.