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Patient reported Outcomes, postoperative Pain and Pain relief in daY case surgery

The POPPY study will run from January 15th 2024 when

sites will be able to choose 5 consecutive week days  

to run the POPPY study within a 4 week time period.


The study

POPPY will look at short- and long-term patient reported outcomes after day surgery with a focus on post surgical pain and opiate use. Data collection will take place over 5 days where baseline data of participants will be recorded by local researchers on a secure online electronic platform. 


All participant follow up will be managed by the central study team, not local collaborators, through a carefully designed secure platform that will contact participants using SMS text messaging on postoperative days 1, 3, 7 and 97. After this the central team will invite a small number of participants who report persistent pain and opiate use to take part in a more in depth interview on their experiences. 

How to get involved

  • Principle Investigator - a permanent member of staff with research experience

  • Associate Principle Investigator - those who want to gain skills and experience in participating in NIHR Portfolio research as part of a 6-month programme

  • Trainee Site Lead(s) - those taking a leadership role who are not doing the Associate PI Scheme at a site where there is not an Associate PI

  • Collaborators - those who play a key role in the delivery of the POPPY study during the data collection window


Which hospitals have registered

Over 140 hospitals have registered to the POPPY study this will mean that those who have recently rotated hospitals will still be able to take part. You can find them on the POPPY interactive map along with the names of PIs at each site: 


Being involved covers all RCoA curriculum stages for research & managing data 


Stage 1: assisting with data collection for research project, awareness of local Trainee Research Network activity (TRN), GCP certificate completion (required to take part with POPPY)

Stage 2: involvement in data collection as part of a local, regional or national study, participation in trainee research network activities, GCP certificate completion (required to take part with POPPY)

Stage 3: involvement in research project including ethical approval, gaining consent of participants, data analysis, active involvement with local trainee research network (TRN) such as local lead for a TRN study

Associate PI Scheme: covers all three stages of the curriculum 

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