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2021 Dec 21

Pain Med

Ascertaining Design and Implementation Requirements for a Perioperative Neurocognitive Training Intervention for the Prevention of Persistent Pain after Surgery.


Holzer KJ, Haroutounian S, Meng A, Wilson EA, Steinberg A, Avidan MS, Kozower BD, Abraham J
Pain Med. 2021 Dec 21.
PMID: 34931687.


Persistent postsurgical pain (PPSP) is a common complication that impacts quality of life, often necessitating long-term opioid treatment. Certain neurocognitive factors, including reduced performance on cognitive flexibility tasks, are associated with increased risk for PPSP. We examine perceptions of surgical patients and clinicians regarding perioperative pain management activities and needs; patient acceptance and use of a perioperative neurocognitive training intervention; and implementation feasibility.