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Study overview

Around 3 out of 4 operations in the UK are performed as day-case, meaning patients go home on the same day of their operation. Hospitals often do not follow up patients after day-case operations so we do not know very much about their short or long-term recovery. Some people develop persistent pain after operations that can continue for a long time (months to years) even if the operation was small. These patients may end up taking strong painkillers for a long time and this risks serious side effects and long-term health problems. The POPPY study wants to find out what recovery from day-case operations is like from the point of view of patients. We will look at the first week after operations and then at day 97 to see if pain is an issue, and if so what pain relief is being used.

What is the purpose of the study?

This is a national study, meaning most hospitals across the UK are taking part.  It is being run by Anaesthetists. It aims to find out how well people recover from their surgery at home. Some people experience pain for a long time after their operation, and some people continue to take strong painkillers. This study aims to find out how often this happens and what makes this more or less likely.

How to take part?

You may be approached by a member of your usual care team about the POPPY study, if you would like to be involved let them know that you are happy to talk to a member of the research team and read the POPPY study patient information sheet. 

Will my information be kept securely?

NewcastlePROMS ( is a secure online system already used in many NHS hospitals for patient follow up services. It meets all necessary data protection and security requirements mandated for management of study data in the UK health service and is guaranteed by the ‘Cyber Essentials’ government backed system. Only members of the research team will have access to your data. This data will not include your name. No member outside the research team will have access to your information collected in this study.


If you have any questions about POPPY please get in touch

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