Persistent Postsurgical Pain Is Topic of New PAIN: Clinical Updates

Aug 31, 2017

Persistent postsurgical pain (PPSP) is a recognized complication following surgery in children, with an estimated one in five children experiencing such pain one year after surgery. Writing in a new edition of PAIN: Clinical Updates, which is now part of IASP’s open access journal, PAIN Reports, Glyn Williams, Richard F. Howard, and Christina Liossi note that treatment of PPSP involves the creation of an individualized management plan informed by the biopsychosocial formulation and using multidisciplinary interventions.

Their article, titled “Persistent Postsurgical Pain in Children and Young People: Prediction, Prevention, and Management,” addresses the nature and incidence of PPSP, risk factors, pain trajectories, management strategies, and prevention techniques. Its publication is part of the 2017 Global Year Against Pain After Surgery.

A free pdf of this edition of PAIN: Clinical Updates is now available on both the IASP and PAIN Reports sites. In early October, the article will be among those compiled in the September/October edition of PAIN Reports.

Glyn Williams, MBBS, FRCA, MD, FFPMRCA, and Richard F. Howard, MBBS, FRCA, FFPMRCA, are consultants in pediatric anesthesia and pain medicine at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and honorary senior lecturers at the Institute of Child Health in London, UK. Christina Liossi is a professor of pediatric psychology at the University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, and an honorary consultant in pediatric psychology at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.