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Horizon Scanning in Postoperative Pain Management

Join us as we explore the impact of acute pain services and transitional pain services on pain outcomes.

PRF Team

1 December 2023

PRF Webinars

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Join us as we explore the impact of acute pain services and transitional pain services on pain outcomes.

Date: Wednesday, December 20, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Eastern (US) Time

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This is the first of three webinars in a series being produced through a collaboration of the IASP’s Acute Pain Special Interest Group and the European Pain Federation titled:

Improving Outcomes of Postoperative Pain Management: The Way to Go 

The learning objectives for this webinar series will prepare you to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of relevant outcomes of managing pain after surgery.
2. Understand how regional anesthesia and parts of integrative medicine can demonstrate better outcomes.
3. Understand the impact of acute pain services and transitional pain services on pain outcomes.
4. Understand the benefits of monitoring patient-reported outcomes.


The mission of IASP’s Acute Pain Special Interest Group is “to study underlying mechanisms of acute pain, including the transition from acute to chronic pain, and the implications of acute pain therapy for clinical outcome and quality of life.”

Research is ongoing about the outcomes of postoperative pain management that are clinically important for better comfort and early recovery. Maintaining the capacity of daily functioning and performing useful activities such as turning in bed, breathing deeply and coughing, sitting in a chair, etc., are known to be crucial for preventing complications.

Furthermore, it’s become increasingly clear that the decades-old problem of undertreated postoperative pain is not because of lack of effective drugs or techniques, but to a lack of an organized, multidisciplinary approach, such as acute pain services (APS), which uses existing treatments. Nowadays, expanding the role of the APS to an interdisciplinary transitional pain service seems promising. Join us as we explore the impact of acute pain services and transitional pain services on pain outcomes, discuss a potential research agenda, and participate in the conversation. 

Participants include:

  • Daniela Rosenberger, MD, University Hospital Muenster, Germany
    The Organization, Benefits, and Pitfalls of Transitional Pain Service
  • Sandra van den Heuvel, PhD, FIPP, Radboud University Medical Center, Netherlands
    Acute Pain Services in Europe: A Comparison of Four Country Provisions Using Donabedian’s Framework
  • Felicia Cox, FRCN, Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals, London, UK (moderator)

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About the Presenters

Daniela Rosenberger, MD, is an assistant physician in physiology and anesthesiology working in the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care, and Pain Medicine at University Hospital Muenster, Germany. She is a research associate in Professor Esther Pogatzki-Zahn’s laboratory on peripheral and central mechanisms relevant to postoperative (chronic) pain. She completed her doctorate and master’s studies in the Department of Neurophysiology under the supervision of Professor Rolf-Detlef Treede at Heidelberg University, Germany, where she worked on mechanisms of pain modulation and the role of TRPV1.

Sandra van den Heuvel, PhD FIPP, is an anesthesiologist, pain specialist, and theme-leader for acute pain management at Radboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands. In 2020, she obtained her PhD on modulation of mechanisms and improving diagnosis of cancer-related pain (due to surgery and chemotherapy). Additionally, she is focusing on the transition from acute to chronic perioperative pain, peripheral neuropathy, and chronic opioid misuse. She is an active member of regional and national committees concerning perioperative opioid management, the educational committee of the World Institute of Pain, and involved in national guideline development in perioperative pain. She helped in implementing basic pain management strategies in the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center in Tanzania, Africa.

Felicia Cox, FRCN, is a nurse consultant in pain management. She is a past chair of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Pain and Palliative Care Forum and a co-opted member of the Council of the British Pain Society. She is a committee member of the EFIC Covid Task Force and EFIC Research Strategy group, the IASP Acute Pain Special Interest Group, and a founding member of the Pain Nurse Network. She is the co-editor of the British Journal of Pain. The breadth of her pain-related publications spans the continuum from the Daily Telegraph to The Lancet with systematic reviews, chapters, and books in between. She has also co-authored e-learning modules on pain and medicine safety, and has contributed to several Family Practice Management publications. She is an honorary lecturer at King’s College London, UK, and has been awarded honorary membership of the British Pain Society and fellowship of the RCN for her services to pain. Her clinical and research interests include chronic postsurgical pain and procedural pain. She enjoys supporting novice authors in publishing and disseminating their work.



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