PAIN OUT - improvement in postoperative PAIN OUTcome
PAIN OUT is a research project designed to develop effective, evidence-based approaches to improve care of pain in patients after surgery (www.pain-out.eu). Launched in January 2009, with four-year funding from the European Commission’s 7th Framework Program, PAINOUT started with 17 clinical and research partners in 9 European countries. By end of 2015, more than 200 hospitals have joined PAIN OUT or its German counterpart QUIPS, having collected more than 450,000 datasets.
PAIN OUT created an Acute Pain Registry and developed tools for data collection, feedback and benchmarking. It provides the medical community with a unique, web-based, user-friendly system to improve treatment of patients experiencing postoperative pain. Furthermore, it provides a large platform for observational and prospective research.
PAIN OUT is endorsed by the International Association for the Study of Pain and is an official research group of the European Society of Anaesthesiology. Its coordination and project management is done by Prof. Winfried Meissner and his team at Jena University Hospital.