Provision of effective analgesia is essential for optimal patient recovery after surgery (Joshi et al 2014; Lee et al 2018). However, postoperative pain continues to be poorly managed in clinical practice (Gan et al 2014; Gerbershagen et al 2013).
To enable provision of appropriate and adequate analgesia, procedure-specific recommendations for postoperative pain management are needed. Different surgical procedures require specific approaches to pain management due to:
The PROSPECT (PROcedure-SPECific postoperative pain managemenT) initiative aims to provide healthcare professionals with practical recommendations for pain management in common but potentially painful operations.
The recommendations for each intervention are formulated after careful evaluation of:
The PROSPECT website offers: