Drs. Bronwyn Southwell, Genevieve Melton-Meaux, and Mary Butler receive a $2 million award to develop, implement and disseminate clinical practice guidelines for pain management with patients undergoing minimally invasive abdominal surgery.

Despite being common, laparoscopic and robotic abdominal and pelvic surgeries lack comprehensive, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for pain management. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is interested in addressing this gap and the overuse of opioids in pain management, while adequately addressing pain using a multimodal approach to pain treatment.

The M-PALS Collaborative (“Managing Perioperative Pain with Abdominal Laparoscopic Surgery: A Collaborative to Develop, Disseminate, and Evaluate Evidence-Based Practices”) will leverage the expertise of the Minnesota Evidence-Based Practice Center in guideline development to develop evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for minimally invasive abdominal and pelvic surgery pain management, and then implement the guidelines in practice leveraging health information technology at the University of Minnesota and the University of California San Francisco, allowing them to be assessed in practice.

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