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LOPES, Fernando Souza et al. Evaluation of the knowledge of postoperative pain among participants of a virtual scientific journey in Anesthesiology. Rev. dor [online]. 2016, vol.17, n.2, pp.111-116. ISSN 1806-0013.


Postoperative pain still undertreated, which is associated to increased morbidity and mortality. This study aimed at evaluating the knowledge of physicians participating in a virtual journey in Anesthesiology. Anesthesiologists are professionals often involved with postoperative pain management.


Five hundred participants of a virtual journey in Anesthesiology were invited to answer a questionnaire available in SurveyMonkey website on specific knowledge of postoperative pain and its management.


The questionnaire was answered by 136 individuals and, according to 94.86% of them, postoperative pain management may decrease the incidence of chronic postoperative pain. For 72 (52.95%) participants, postoperative pain is adequately managed in their workplaces. For 71 participants, more than 50% of patients refer postoperative pain. Excluding fear of anesthesia, major concerns of patients, according to 49.26 and 37.5% of respondents, is fear of feeling pain during surgery and after surgery, respectively. For 74 (75%) participants, analgesic prescription "as needed" should be avoided for postoperative pain.


In general, participants of the virtual journey are not familiar with the problems of postoperative pain, probably due to their limited contact with hospitalized patients. These deficiencies may be solved with ongoing education and and improvements in the medical school curricula and residency programs.

Keywords : Acute pain; Anesthesiology; Knowledge.

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