Leveraging the power of the digital PostopQRS Registry to determine patient and clinical influences on ultimate quality of postoperative recovery.

Research Opportunity
Honours students
Number of Honour Places Available
Department / Centre
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Andrea Bowyer andrea.bowyer@unimelb.edu.au

Summary Optimal recovery post surgery is the ultimate goal of perioperative care. This study will utilise an existing clinical registry to investigate the impact of multiple variables on ultimate patient quality of postoperative recovery.

Project Details

Recovery after surgery is a continuous process that starts immediately after surgery but continues until the patient has returned to their pre-surgery condition or better. This process may take hours, days, weeks or months depending on the patient and type of surgery. Importantly, most of the recovery process occurs after the patient has left hospital. Our healthcare system is well designed to look after patients whilst there in hospital, but poorly designed to monitor their progress of recovery after discharge.  The consequences of poor recovery include patient suffering, family and community resource utilisation, potential for long-term aged care requirement, readmissions to hospital, and if patients had intended to work but cannot, then potential for financial disaster.

Like any process, unless recovery is measured, then it cannot be quantified and new treatments cannot be initiated. The Postoperative Quality of Recovery Scale (PostopQRS) is an extensively validated survey to measure postoperative recovery from the patient's perspective. It is initially performed before surgery to measure the patient's baseline condition, and then recovery is measured at multiple time points after surgery and compared to their pre-surgery baseline. The PostopQRS defines recovery as occurring when the patient has returned to their baseline condition or better. The scale is multidimensional, capturing recovery in domains such as physiological, emotional, cognitive (brain function), pain and nausea and their ability to perform activities of daily living.

This study will utilise the PostopQRS, its digital platform and multi-site registry to interrogate what patient, surgical and clinical factors ultimately impact on patient quality of postoperative recovery. This data will answer important questions regarding recovery - What are the risk factors for poor recovery and/or what are potential treatment that could benefit recovery? In addition, this study will also importantly provide benchmarking recovery post specific surgical operations. The role of students in this study will be to contribute to data collection, analysis and manuscript preparation.


School Research Themes

Integrated Critical Care in Medicine

Research Opportunities

Honours students
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

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Department / Centre


Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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