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Papers: 13 Jul 2019 - 19 Jul 2019

Human Studies

2019 Oct




Development of evidence-based recommendations for procedure-specific pain management: PROSPECT methodology.


Joshi GP, Vandevelde M, Kehlet H
Anaesthesia. 2019 Oct; 74(10):1298-1304.
PMID: 31292953.


Effective peri-operative pain management is a prerequisite for optimal recovery after surgery. Despite published evidence-based guidelines from several professional groups, postoperative pain management remains inadequate. The procedure-specific pain management (PROSPECT) collaboration consists of anaesthetists and surgeons with broad international representation that provide healthcare professionals with practical and evidence-based recommendations formulated in a way that facilitates clinical decision-making across all stages of the peri-operative period on a procedure-specific basis. The aim of this manuscript is to provide a detailed description of the current PROSPECT methodology with the intention of providing the rigour and transparency in which procedure-specific pain management recommendations are developed. The high methodological standards of the recommendations should improve the quality of clinical practice.