South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix


POPPY Study 

Lead Dr Will Hare 

The next RAFT 4 study aims to establish the nature of patient recovery following day surgery in both the short - term and long -term phases which hasn’t been undertaken before in the UK. We are particularly interested in the incidence of persistent post-surgical pain and postoperative opioid use in this population alongside the factors that may alter the risk of these problems occurring. This aligns with the James Lind Alliance priority setting partnership which identified ‘What can we do to stop patients developing chronic pain after surgery?’ as one of the top ten questions. We plan to use a novel SMS prompted online patient feedback system to gather our data. This has already been successfully used for postoperative feedback in multiple UK centres. If we can demonstrate its efficacy as part of our embedded pilot study, then this will have great implications for future trainee led network research projects. 

The POPPY study team have SUCCESSFULLY applied for two grants. The first from the NIAA funded by the AAGBI and the second from UHPNT charitable trust for the qualitative project elements. The team are currently undertaking Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) work and finalising study protocols. We are aiming to commence the pilot phase of the project in two regions of England (one being Peninsula) in early 2023. WATCH THIS SPACE for more information and how you can get involved.