Improvement in Postoperative PAIN OUTcome

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Contract/Grant agreement number
: 223590
EC contribution
: € 2,912,325.00
: 48 months
Starting date
: 01/01/2009
: feedback of outcome quality, benchmarking, clinical decision making, postoperative pain treatment, better patient care.
Project web-site

The overall goal of the PAIN OUT project is to improve clinical decision making in the treatment of patients with post-operative pain. This should result in optimizing the treatment outcomes of European citizens following surgery. To this end, postoperative pain management may serve as an example for other fields of medicine. The project's main objective is to develop and validate a system for the continuous measurement, feedback and benchmarking of treatment quality in the field of postoperative pain.

This system will allow comparison of quality of postoperative care between different countries and health care settings and provide clinicians with treatment recommendations based on measured patients' outcome. Further main objective is the development of a Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS) and an Electronic Knowledge Library (EKL) for post-Operative Pain. The CDSS will respond to queries made by physicians for real-time advice regarding treatment of individual patients. The EKL provides clinicians with easily accessible and regularly updated summaries of evidence-based recommendations tailored to specific post-operative situations.

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