Real time recovery monitoring after surgery

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Group Leader Email Number Webpage
Professor Colin Royse 0408467548
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Doa El-Ansary 0422036899

Project Details

Recovery after surgery starts for the immediate time after surgery and continues until the patient has returned to their pre-surgery values or better. Our research groups has been leaders it measurement of postoperative quality of recovery and Prof Royse is the lead author of the Postoperative Quality of Recovery Scale. We have conducted a pilot study that shows that informing the patient of their own recovery progress leads to improvement in recovery, especially in the cognitive domain. We also know that patients who recovery early tend to stay recovered, whereas those who do not recover early have a slower and at times incomplete recovery. Information about the PostopQRS can be seen at

This project  will examine whether real time recovery reporting to the patient, or the patient and their health care team will improve recovery. Patient engagement, early warning of poor recovery and improved communication between the patient and health care team are likely mechanisms for improved recovery.

This project will suit a Master or PhD candidate with interest in medicine, or health services research.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Integrated Critical Care in Medicine

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research
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

Key Contact

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Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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