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New PAIN OUT publication: Differences in patient-reported outcomes - US vs. Europe

A recent publication - Pain after orthopaedic surgery: differences in patient reported outcomes in the United States vs internationally. An observational study from the PAIN OUT dataset - in the British Journal of Anaesthesia shows that US American patients undergoing orthopedic surgical procedures report higher pain intensity scores compared to patients in 13 European and non-European countries undergoing similar procedures. The findings of this study suggest that ‘worst pain’ may possibly not be a good indicator for guiding pain therapy in individual patients or for evaluating  quality of care in pain studies.