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In order to maximize the use and dissemination of PAIN OUT data, we established a fair and transparent procedure for publications. The detailed publication strategy can be found in the private part of this website (member login). For a summarized overview, please see the PDF below.


Publication Strategy and Plan

Template for Publication Proposal


Publications resulting from the QUIPS and/or PAIN OUT project


Komann M, Baumbach P, Stamer UM, Weinmann C, Arnold C, Pogatzki-Zahn E, Meißner W. Desire to Receive More Pain Treatment - A Relevant Patient-Reported Outcome Measure to Assess Quality of Post-Operative Pain Management? Results From 79,996 Patients Enrolled in the Pain Registry QUIPS from 2016 to 2019. J Pain. 2021 Jan 20:S1526-5900(21)00011-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2021.01.002. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33482323.

Stamer U, Bernhart K, Lehmann T, Setzer M, Stüber F, Komann M, Meissner W: Desire for more analgesic treatment: pain and patient reported outcome after pediatric tonsillectomy and appendectomy. British Journal of Anaesthesia 2021,

Graf N, Geissler K, Meissner W & Guntinas-Lichius O: A prosptective cohort register-based study of chronic postsurgical pain and long-term use of pain medication after otorhinolaryngological surgery, Scientific Reports 2021,

Garduño-López A., Acosta Nave V.M., et al.: Towards Better Perioperative Pain Management in Mexico: A Study in a Network of Hospitals Using Quality Improvement Methods from PAIN OUT, Journal of Pain Research 2021: 14  415-430

Garcia-Lopez J., Polanco-Garcia M., Montes A.: Factors associated with the risk of developing moderates to severe acute postoperative pain following primary total knee replacement: Results from the PAIN OUT registry. The Journal of arthroplasty, 2021 doi:




Meißner, W., and Zaslansky, R. (2019) A survey of postoperative pain treatments and unmet needs. Best Pract Res Clin Anaesthesiol 33, 269-286

Linzbach, A., Nitschke, D., Rothaug, J., Komann, M., Schleußner, E., Meißner, W., Jimenez-Cruz, J., and Schneider, U. (2019) Schmerzempfinden und Schmerztherapie peripartal – Einführung und Validierung eines Fragebogens als Qualitätsinstrument. Z Geburtshilfe Neonatol 22, E90-E91

Erlenwein, J., Bertemes, C., Kunsch, S., Göttermann, A., Komann, M., Sturm, L., Petzke, F, and Meißner, W. (2019) Qualitätsverbesserung im konservativen Schmerzmanagement (QUIKS). Schmerz doi:10.1007/s00482-019-00429-w

Römer, R., Komann, M., Weinmann, C., and Meißner, W. (2019). Schmerz nach Knietotalendoprothese - Ist die lokale Infiltrationsanästhesie die beste Therapieoption? Schmerz doi:10.1007/s00482-019-00419-y

Geissler, K., Ducke, M., Volk, G., Meißner, W. and Guntinas-Lichius, O. (2019) Pain on the first postoperative day after tonsillectomy in adults: A comparison of metamizole versus etoricoxib as baseline analgesic. PLOS one 14, e0221188

Stamer, U., Ehrler, M., Lehmann, T., Meißner, W., and Fletcher, D. (2019) Pain-related functional interference in patients with chronic neuropathic postsurgical pain: an analysis of registry data. Pain 160, 1856–1865

Komann, M., Weinmann, C., Schwenkglenks, M., and Meißner, W. (2019) Non-pharmacological methods and post-operative pain relief: An observational study. Anesth Pain Med 9, e84674

Zaslansky, R., Chapman, R., Baumbach, P., Bytyqi, A., Castro Lopes, J., Chetty, S., Kopf, A., Li, L.,  Mingh, L.E., Olawoyei, O., Parico, J.R., Soyannwo, O., Stamenkovic, D., Wang, H., and Meißner, W.  (2019) Improving perioperative pain management:a preintervention and postintervention study in 7 developing countries. Pain Reports 4, e705

Greimel, F., Marderbacher, G., Baier, C., Schwarz, T., Zemann, F., Meißner, W., Grifka, J., and Benditz, A. (2019) Matched-pair analysis of local infiltration analgesia in total knee arthroplasty: patient satisfaction and perioperative pain management in 846 cases. J Knee Surg 32, 953-959


Muraskaite, I., Koscielny, S., Komann, M., Weinmann, C., and Meißner, W. (2018) Oxycodone, piritramide and tramadol for the management of postoperative pain. A registry study on use and effectiveness in clinical routine. Schmerz 32, 427-433

Avian, A., Messerer, B., Frey, A., Meißner, W., Weinberg, A., Ravekes, W., and Berghold, A. (2018) Scaling properties of pain intensity ratings in paediatric populations using the Faces Pain Scale-revised: Secondary analyses of published data based on the item response theory. Int J Nurs Stud 87, 49-59

Donauer, K., Bomberg, K., Wagenpfeil, S., Volk, T., Meißner, W., and Wolf, A. (2018) Regional vs. general anesthesia for total knee and hip replacement: an analysis of postoperative pain perception from the international PAIN OUT Registry. Pain Pract 18, 1036-1047

Greimel, F., Maderbacher, G., Baier, C., Keshmiri, A., Schwarz, T., Zeman, F., Meißner, W., Grifka, J., and Benditz, A. (2018) Multicenter cohort-study of 15,326 cases analyzing patient satisfaction and perioperative pain management: general, regional and combination anesthesia in knee arthroplasty. Sci Rep 8, 3723

Zaslansky, R., Meißner, W., and Chapman, C.R. (2018) Pain after orthopaedic surgery: differences in patient reported outcomes in the United States vs internationally. An observational study from the PAIN OUT dataset. Br J Anaesth 120, 790-797

Cui C., Wang, L.-X., Li, Q. Zaslansky, R. and Li, L. (2018) Implementing a pain management nursing protocol for orthopaedic surgical patients: Results from a PAIN OUT project. J Clin Nurs 27, 1684-1691

Peisker, A., Meißner, W., Raschke, G.F., Fahmy, M.D., Guentsch, A., Schiller, J., and Schultze-Mosgau, S. (2018) Quality of postoperative pain management after maxillofacial fracture repair. J Craniofac Surg 29, 720-725

Raschke, G., Meißner, W., Peisker, A., Djedovic, G., Rieger, U., Guentsch, A., Gomez Dammeier, M., and Schultze-Mosgau, S. (2018) Bilateral sagittal split osteotomy-parameters and correlations of postoperative pain management. Clin Oral Invest 22, 181-187


Polanco-Garcia, M., Garcia-Lopez, J., Fabregas, N., Meißner, W., and Puig, M.M. on behalf of the PAIN-OUT-Spain Consortium (2017) Postoperative pain management in spanish hospitals. A cohort study using the PAIN-OUT registry. J Pain 12, 1237-1252

Zheng, H., Schnabel, A., Yahiaoui-Doktor, M., Meißner, W., Van Aken, H., Zahn, P., and Pogatzki-Zahn, E. (2017) Age and preoperative pain are major confounders for sex differences in postoperative pain outcome: A prospective database analysis. PLOS one 12, e0178659

Greimel, F., Maderbacher, G., Zeman, F., Grifka, J., Meißner, W., and Benditz, A. (2017) No clinical difference comparing general, regional, and combination anesthesia in hip arthroplasty: A multicenter cohort-study regarding perioperative pain management and patient satisfaction. J Arthroplasty 32, 3429-3433

Hartwig, M., Allvin, R., Bäckström, R., and Stemberg, E. (2017) Factors associated with increased experience of postoperative pain after laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. Obes Surg 27, 1854-1858

Raschke, G.F., Meißner, W., Peisker, A., Djedovic, G., Rieger, U., Guentsch, A., Porwit, D., Dammeier, M. G., and Schultze-Mosgau, S. (2017) Cranio-maxillofacial reconstruction with microvascular radialis flaps – Parameters and correlations of postoperative pain management. Clin Oral Invest 21, 429-436

Roeb, M.M., Wolf, A., Gräber, S.S., Meißner, W., and Volk, T. (2017) Epidural versus systemic analgesia: An international registry analysis on postoperative pain and related perceptions after abdominal surgery. Clin J Pain 33, 189-197

Avian, A., Messerer, B., Meißner, W., Sandner Kiesling, A., Kammel, J., Labugger, M., Weinberg, A., and Berghold, A. (2017) Using a worst pain intensity measure in children and adolescents. J Adv Nurs 73, 1873-1883

Meißner, W., Komann, M., Erlenwein, J., Stamer, U., Scherag, A. (2017) The quality of postoperative pain therapy in German hospitals. Dtsch Arztebl Int. 114, 161-167


Benditz, A., Drescher, J., Zeman, F., Auer, P., Grifka, J., Meißner, W., and v. Kunow, F. (2016) Can consistent benchmarking within a standardized pain management concept decrease postoperative pain after total hip arthroplasty?  A prospective cohort study including 367 patients. J Pain Res 9, 1205-1213

Benditz, A., Drescher, J., Greimel, F., Zeman, F., Grifka, J., Meißner, W., and Völlner, F. (2016) Implementing a benchmarking and feedback concept decreases postoperative pain after total knee arthroplasty: A prospective study including 256 patients. Sci Rep 6, 38218

Suffeda, A., Meißner, W., Rosendahl, J., and Guntinas-Lichius, O. (2016) Influence of depression, catastrophizing, anxiety, and resilience on postoperative pain at the first day after otolaryngological surgery: A prospective single center cohort observational study. Medicine 95, e4256

Guntinas-Lichius, O., Geißler, K., Komann, M., Schlattmann, P., and Meißner, W. (2016) Inter-hospital variability of postoperative pain after tonsillectomy: Prospective registry-based multicentre cohort study. PLOS one,11, e0154155

Allvin, R., Rawal, N., Johanzon, E., and Bäckström, R. (2016) Open versus laparoscopic surgery: Does the surgical technique influence pain outcome? Results from an international registry. Pain Res Treat 2016, 4087325

Avian, A., Messerer, B., Weinberg, A., Meißner, W., Schneider, C., and Berghold, A. (2016) The impact of item order and sex on self-report of pain intensity in children. Health Psychol 35, 483-491

Guntinas-Lichius, O., Geißler, K., Preußler, N.P., and Meißner, W. (2016) Optimale Schmerztherapie nach Tonsillektomie: ein ungelöstes Problem. Laryngo-Rhino-Otol 95, 15-23


Stamer, U., Naef, N., Porz, R., Stuber, F., Leva, B., and Meißner, W., and Fletcher, D. - euCPSP Study Group. (2015) Ethical procedures and patient consent differ in Europe. Eur J Anaesthesiol 32, 126-131

Fletcher, D., Stamer, U.M., Pogatzki-Zahn, E., Zaslansky, R., Tanase, N.V., Perruchoud, C., Kranke, P., Komann, M., Lehmann, T., and Meißner, W. - euCPSP group for the Clinical Trial Network group of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (2015) Chronic postsurgical pain in Europe: An observational study. Eur J Anaesthesiol 32, 725-734

Erlenwein, J., Hinz, J., Meißner, W., Stamer, U., Bauer, M., and Petzke, F. (2015) Akutschmerztherapie in deutschen Krankenhäusern als Wettbewerbsfaktor. Schmerz 29, 266-275

Lux, E.A., Zimmermann, M., Meißner, W., and Neugebauer, E. (2015) Ein Tool zur Qualitätssicherung in der Akutschmerztherapie nach ambulanten Operationen. Schmerz 29, 293-299

Erlenwein, J., Emons, M., Hecke, A., Nestler, N., Wirz, S., Bauer, M., Meißner, W., and PetzkeI, F. (2015) Standardized treatment protocols in acute postoperative pain therapy: Analysis of contents of standardized medicinal concepts. Anaesthesist 64, 218-226

Raschke, G., Peisker, A., Rieger, U., Djedovic, G., Guentsch, A., Schaefer, O., Venth, E., Dammeier, M.G., and Meißner, W. (2015) Quality of postoperative pain management after midfacial fracture repair – An outcome oriented study. Clin Oral Invest 19, 619-625

Marcus, H., Gerbershagen, H.J., Peelen, L.M., Aduckathil, S., Kappen, T.H., Kalkman, C.J., Meißner, W., and Stamer, U.M. (2015) Quality of pain treatment after caesarean section: Results of a multicentre cohort study. Eur J Pain 19, 929-939

Inhestern, J., Schuerer, J., Illge, C., Thanos, I., Meißner, W., Volk, G.F., and Guntinas-Lichius, O. (2015) Pain on the first postoperative day after head and neck cancer surgery. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 11, 3401-3109

Zaslansky, R., Rothaug, J., Chapman, C.R., Bäckström, R., Brill, S., Fletcher, D., Fodor, L., Gordon, D.B., Komann M., Konrad, C., Leykin, Y., Pogatski-Zahn, E., Puig, M.M., Rawal, N., Ullrich, K., Volk, T., and Meißner, W. (2015)  PAIN OUT: the making of an international acute pain registry. Eur J Pain 19, 490-502


Meißner, W. (2014) QUIPS und PAIN OUT: Derzeitiger Stand und zukünftige Perspektiven. Anästh Intensiv 55, 436-443

Komann, M., Weinmann, C., and Meißner, W. (2014) Howling at the moon? The effect of lunar phases on post-surgical pain outcome. Br J Pain 8, 72-77

Jiménez Cruz, J., Diebolder, H., Dogan, A., Mothes, A., Rengsberger, M., Hartmann, M., Meißner, W., and Runnebaum, I.B. (2014) Combination of pre-emptive port-site and intraoperative intraperitoneal ropivacaine for reduction of postoperative pain: a prospective cohort study. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol 179, 11-16

Guntinas-Lichius, O., Volk, G., Zaslansky, R., and Meißner, W. (2014) The first postoperative day: Prospective evaluation of pain in adult otorhinolaryngologic surgery. Clin J Pain 30, 978-986

Guntinas-Lichius, O., Volk, G.F., Geißler, K., Komann, M., and Meißner, W. (2014) Pain after pediatric otorhinolaryngologic surgery: A prospective multi-center trial. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol  27, 2049-2060

Zaslansky, R., Rothaug, J., Chapman, R., Bäckström, R., Brill, S., Engel, C., Fletcher, D., Fodor, L., Funk, P., Gordon, D., Komann, M., Konrad, C., Kopf, A., Leykin, Y., Pogatzki-Zahn, E., Puig, M., Rawal, N., Schwenkglenks, M., Taylor, R., Ullrich, K., Volk, T., Yahiaoui-Doktor, M. and Meißner, W. (2014) PAIN-OUT: An international acute pain registry supporting clinicians in decision making and in quality improvement activates. J Eval Clin Pract 20, 1090-1098

Erlenwein, J., Stamer, U., Koschwitz, R., Koppert, W., Quintel, M., Meißner, W., and Petzke, F. (2014) Akutschmerztherapie in der stationären Versorgung an deutschen Krankenhäusern. Schmerz 28, 147-156

Schwenkglenks, M., Gerbershagen, H.J., Taylor, R.S., Pogatzki-Zahn, E., Komann, M., Rothaug, J., Volk, T., Yahiaoui-Doktor M., Zaslansky, R., Brill, S., Ullrich, K., Gordon, D.B., and Meißner, W. (2014) Correlates of satisfaction with pain treatment in the acute postoperative period: results from the international PAIN OUT registry. Pain 155, 1401-1411

Gerbershagen, H.J., Pogatzki-Zahn, E., Aduckathil, S., Peelen, L.M., Kappen, T.H., van Wijck, A.J., Kalkman, C.J., and Meißner, W. (2014) Procedure-specific risk factor analysis for the development of severe postoperative pain. Anesthesiology 120, 1237-1245


Chapman, C.R., Stevens, D.A., and Lipman, A.G. (2013) Quality of postoperative pain management in American versus European institutions. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother 27, 350-358

Oppitz, F., Meißner, W., Sarmiento, C., Höhne, M., Hamann, U., and Mescha, S. (2013) QUIPS als Werkzeug zum kontinuierlichen Qualitätsmonitoring in einer kinderchirurgischen Klinik. Anästhesiol Intensivmed 11, 564-571

Balga, I., Konrad, C., and Meißner, W. (2013) Postoperative Qualitätsanalyse bei Kindern. Anaesthesist 62, 707-719

Rothaug, J., Zaslansky, R., Schwenkglenks, M., Komann, M., Allvin, R., Backström, R., Brill, S., Buchholz, I., Engel, C., Fletcher, D., Fodor, L., Funk, P., Gerbershagen, H.J., Gordon, D.B., Konrad, C., Kopf, A., Leykin, Y., Pogatzki-Zahn, E., Puig, M., Rawal, N., Taylor, R.S., Ullrich, K., Volk, T., Yahiaoui-Doktor, M., and Meißner, W. (2013) Patients’ perception of postoperative pain management: Validation of the international pain outcomes questionnaire (IPO). J Pain 14, 1361-1370

Finkensieper, M., Poller, K., Wittekindt, C., Meißner, W., and Guntinas-Lichius, O. (2013) Postoperative pain assessment after functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) for chronic pansinusitis. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 270, 157-166

Gerbershagen, H.J., Aduckathil, S., van Wijck, A.J.M., Peelen, L.M., Kalkman, C.J., and Meißner, W. (2013) Pain intensity on the first day after surgery. Anesthesiology 118, 934-944

Rothaug, J., Weiss, T., and Meißner, W. (2013) How simple can it get? Measuring pain with NRS items or binary items. Clin J Pain 29, 224-232

Taylor, R., Ullrich, K., Regan, S., Broussard, C., Schwenkglenks M., Taylor, R., Gordon, D., Zaslansky, R., Meißner, W., Rothaug, J., and Langford, R. - The PAIN-OUT investigators (2013) The impact of early postoperative pain on health-related quality of life. Pain Pract 13, 515-523

Schnelle, A., Volk, G.F., Finkensieper, M., Meißner, W., and Guntinas-Lichius, O. (2013) Postoperative pain assessment after pediatric otolaryngologic surgery. Pain Med 14, 1786-1796


Zaslansky, R., Chapman, C.R., Rothaug, J., Bäckström, R., Brill, S., Davidson, E., Elessi, K., Fletcher, D., Fodor, L., Karanja, E., Konrad, C., Kopf, A., Leykin, Y., Lipman, A., Puig, M., Rawal, N., Schug, S., Ullrich, K., Volk, T., and Meißner, W. (2012) Feasibility of international data collection and feedback on post-operative pain data: Proof of concept. Eur J Pain 16, 430-438

Wittekindt, D., Wittekindt, C., Schneider, G., Meißner, W., and Guntinas-Lichius, O. (2012) Postoperative pain assessment after septorhinoplasty. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 269, 1613-1621

Wittekindt, D., Wittekindt, C., Meissner, W., and Guntinas-Lichius, O. (2012) Postoperativer Schmerz nach Mittelohrchirurgie. HNO 60, 974-984

Rothaug, J., Weiss, T., and Meißner, W. (2012) Externe Validität der schmerzbedingten Funktionsbeeinträchtigung: Messen wir, was wir messen wollen? Schmerz 26, 396-401

Wittekindt, D., Wittekindt, C., Schneider, G., Meißner, W., and Guntinas-Lichius, O. (2012) Postoperative pain assessment after septorhinoplasty. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 269,1613-1621

Sandner-Kiesling, A., Jaksch, W., and Meißner, W. (2012) Das QUIPS-Projekt – Qualitätsverbesserung in der postoperativen Schmerztherapie. Chirurgie 3, 32-35


Fletcher, D., Pogatzki-Zahn, E., Zaslansky, R., and Meißner, W. - The PAINOUT and euCPSP groups (2011) European observational study on chronic post surgical pain. Eur J Anaesthesiol 28, 461-462

Gerbershagen, H.J., Rothaug, J., Kalkman, C., and Meißner W. (2011) Determination of moderate to severe postoperative pain on the numeric rating scale - a cut-off point analysis applying four different methods. BJA 107, 619-626

Meißner, W. (2011) QUIPS und PAIN OUT - Registerprojekte zur Verbesserung der perioperativen Schmerztherapie. Anästh Intensivmed 52. 443-449

Meißner, W. (2011) Qualitätsverbesserung in der postoperativen Schmerztherapie. Z Evid Fortbild Qual Gesundhwes 105, 350-353

Garcia-López, J., Doingo, F., Montes, A., Dürsteler, C., and Puig, M.M. (2011) Comparison of two methods of clinical data collection, susing the PAIN OUT questionnaire. Rev Esp Anestesiol Reanim 58, 273-278

Lehmkuhl, D., Meißner, W., and Neugebauer, E.A.M. (2011) Evaluation der ‚Initiative Schmerzfreie Klinik’ zur Qualitätsverbesserung in der postoperativen Schmerztherapie - Eine prospektive kontrollierte Studie. Schmerz 25, 508-515

Poller, K., Volk, G.F., Wittekindt, C., Meißner, W., and Guntinas-Lichius, O. (2011) Verbesserung der Schmerztherapie nach Tonsillektomie bei Erwachsenen durch Schmerzmessung mit QUIPS („Qualitätsverbesserung in der postoperativen Schmerztherapie”). Laryngorhinootologie 90, 82-89


Hartog, C.S., Rothaug, J., Goettermann, A., Zimmer, A., and Meißner, W. (2010) Room for improvement: nurses' and physicians' views of a post-operative pain management program. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand 54, 277-283

Messerer, B., Weinberg, A., Sandner-Kiesling, A., Gutmann, A., Mescha, S., Meißner, W. (2010) QUIPSI-Qualitätsverbesserung bei Kindern. AINS 45, 592-594

Meißner, W., Mescha, S., Rothaug, J., Zwacka, S., Goettermann, A., Ulrich, K., and Schleppers, A. (2008) Qualitätsverbesserung der postoperativen Schmerztherapie - Ergebnisse des QUIPS-Projekts. Dtsch Arztebl 105, 865-870

Meißner, W., Ullrich, K., and Zwacka, S. (2006) Benchmarking as a tool of continuous quality improvement in postoperative pain management. Eur J Anaesthesiol 23, 142-148

Meißner, W., Rothaug, J., Zwacka, S., and Schleppers, A. (2006) Qualitätsverbesserung in der postoperativen Schmerztherapie (QUIPS). Anästh Intensivmed 47, 95-98


Ahmed, M.U., and Funk, P.A. Mining rare cases in postoperative pain by means of outlier detection. IEEE Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology (ISSPIT) 2011, 16 pp, Spain, December 2011

Ahmed, M.U., and Funk, P.A Case-based retrieval system for postoperative pain management. International Workshop Case-Based Reasoning CBR 2011, p 30-41, IBal, New York, USA, September 2011

Ahmed, M.U., and Funk, P.A computer aided system for postoperative pain treatment combining knowledge discovery and case-based reasoning. Peer reviewed International Conference on case based reasoning, Lyon, France, September 2012

Ahmed, M.U., Begum, S., and Funk, P. Case studies on the clinical applications using case-based reasoning. Peer reviewed conference: 7th International Symposium in Advances in Artificial Intelligence and Applications (AAIA’12)

Book chapters

Allvin, R. Kvalitetsindikatorer för patienter med postoperativ smärta. Kvalitetsindikatorer inom omvardnad. 6th edition, red Ewa Idvall. Gothia Förlag, Stockholm 2013-09-25

Garcia-López, J., Puig, M.M. Benchmarking en la atención sanitaria. Implantación y desarrollo de la gestión por procesos en una unidad de dolor agudo postoperatorio. Editores AJ Carrascosa et al. MRA Ediciones S.L. 2012. ISBN 978-84-96504-25-7 (pp 263-272)

Meißner, W. Qualitätssicherung. In Baron, R., Koppert, W., Strumpf, M., Willweber-Strumpf, A. (Hrsg) Praktische Schmerztherapie. Springer Berlin Heidelberg New York 2. Auflage 2011, S. 505-510