Pre-Surgical Screening Tools and Risk Factors for Chronic Post-Surgical Pain


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Health Technology Review
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Chronic postsurgical pain involves persistent or recurrent pain lasting longer than 3 months after surgery. Depending on the type of surgery performed, the incidence of chronic pain can range from 5% to 85%. There may be an opportunity to reduce the occurrence of chronic postsurgical pain through risk stratification and preventive interventions. Providing interventions preoperatively to those with known risk factors could be instrumental in influencing patient pain outcomes.

CADTH has responded to several requests related to the prevention of postsurgical chronic pain; this project summarizes information relevant to evidence-based risk factors and presurgical screening tools or assessments that may help identify individuals who are at risk for developing chronic postsurgical pain.