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Improving Postoperative Pain Outcomes

Join us as we explore outcomes of postoperative pain management, with a particular focus on regional anesthesia and integrative medicine.

PRF Team

26 January 2024

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Join us as we explore outcomes of postoperative pain management, with a particular focus on regional anesthesia and integrative medicine.

Date: Monday, February 19, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Eastern (US) Time

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This is the second 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.

In this webinar, we will examine outcomes of postoperative pain management, with a particular focus on regional anesthesia and integrative medicine. These will be explored through a discussion of patient reported outcome measures and how to provide practical and evidence-based recommendations to prevent and treat postoperative pain.

Participants include:

  • Esther Pogatzki-Zahn, MD, PhD, University Hospital Muenster, Germany
    Patient reported outcomes from the IMI PainCare PROMPT
  • Patricia Lavand’homme, MD, PhD, University Catholic of Louvain, Brussels, Belgium
    How can PROSPECT improve patient function?
  • Rianne L.M. van Boekel, PhD, RN, Radboud University Medical Center, Netherlands
    Physical function in postoperative pain management – what should we measure?

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About the Presenters

Esther Pogatzki-Zahn, MD, PhD, is full professor at the University Hospital Muenster, Germany, where she works as a pain specialist and principle investigator of the “Translational Pain Research Group”. Her research aims to provide insight into the neuropathology of postsurgical, chronic inflammatory, neuropathic, and cancer related pain by using basic science in vivo behavioral, electrophysiological, -omics, optogenetic, fMRI and molecular methods as well as human translational pain studies. She performs clinical pain-related studies encompassing a biopsychosocial spectrum, is involved in many international multi-center projects and performs meta-analysis. Her research is supported by grants from the DFG, the BMBF, the G-BA and Horizon 2020/IMI. She is a council member of IASP, a board member of several other societies, and the Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the EJA and EJAIC.

Patricia Lavand’homme, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Anesthesiology currently working in St. Luc Hospital, University Catholic of Louvain, Brussels, Belgium. She is the director of the Acute Postoperative Pain Service and the Transitional Pain Service. Her main topics of interest are the management and the pathophysiological mechanisms of acute postoperative pain and chronic post-surgical pain. She has helped to develop ERAS programs in abdominal and orthopedic surgery, is a member of the international PROSPECT working group, and also participated in the IASP Task Force working with WHO on Pain Classification for ICD-11 (working on chronic post-surgical and post-traumatic pain).

Rianne L.M. van Boekel, PhD, RN, is a trained nurse, teacher, epidemiologist and researcher. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pain, and Palliative Medicine of the Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands. She’s won several personal scholarships/awards and is a member of several (inter)national scientific (advisory) committees. Rianne chaired the Dutch Association of Pain Nurses from 2015-2021. She’s actively collaborated with European colleagues to develop the Core Curriculum for the European Diploma in Pain Nursing, published in 2019. She is the Chair of IASP’s Acute Pain Special Interest Group.



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