Pain and Opioids After Surgery (PANDOS)

Pain and Opioids After Surgery (PANDOS)

Duration: TBC (2023 - 2024)
Funder: European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care
Chief Investigator: Professor Patrice Forget

The aim of the PANDOS Research Group is to improve pain management and perioperative opioid use after surgery. The first objective is to conduct the PANDOS study, which will document opioid use in Europe and describe its association with adverse events and persistent pain. The goal is to include more than 10,000 patients, in at least 100 hospitals in more than 10 European countries.

The main research question concerns the description of perioperative opioid use in Europe. Other research questions relate to the safety of opioids and the risk factors associated with persistent opioid use after surgery. Exploratory work will focus on identifying and implementing best practices.

2023 was a great year for PANDOS (almost as good as we hope 2024 will be!):

  • 18 sites have signed up to the PANDOS Study, and have now recruited more than 900 participants
  • A further 15 UK sites have identified their study recruitment week in 2024 and we are awaiting an update on the status of 30 other UK sites.
  • More than 100 non-UK sites, from 12 countries, are expected to be activated in 2024, with many having already received ethical clearance.

 We can only thank everyone involved in this fantastic collaborative journey!

For further information visit the PANDOS website here.