DRG Epidemiology's coverage of postoperative pain comprises epidemiological estimates of key patient populations across the major mature pharmaceutical markets (the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Japan). We report event rates of major operations requiring pain medication for each country, as well as annualized case counts projected to the national population.

DRG Epidemiology's postoperative pain forecast will answer the following questions:

How will demographic trends, such as population aging and improving life expectancy, affect the epidemiology of postoperative pain over the forecast period?

All forecast data are available on the DRG Insights Platform in tabular format, with options to download to MS Excel. All populations are accompanied by a comprehensive description of the methods and data sources used, with hyperlinks to external sources. A summary evidence table generated as part of our systematic review of the epidemiological literature is also provided for full transparency into research and methods.

In addition to the total number of cases for each forecast year, DRG Epidemiology also provides at least ten years of forecast data for the following inpatient procedures:

  • appendectomy (excluding incidental)
  • bunionectomy
  • cardiac procedures, including CABG
  • cesarean section
  • cholecystectomy
  • cranial procedures
  • debridement of wound, burn, or infection
  • dental procedures
  • hernia repairs
  • hip and knee orthopedic procedures
  • hysterectomy
  • laminectomy/excision of intervertebral disk
  • lysis of peritoneal adhesions
  • mastectomy
  • oophorectomy
  • orthopedic procedures
  • other orthopedic procedures
  • partial colectomy
  • prostatectomy

and the following outpatient procedures:

  • bunionectomy
  • dental procedures
  • hernia repairs
  • other orthopedic procedures.

Note: coverage may vary by country and region.

Table of contents

  • Mature Markets Data
    • Introduction
      • Key Findings
      • Overview
        • Summary
        • Event Rate of Cesarean Section per 1,000 Among Women between Ages 10 and 59 in 2017 and 2027
        • Relative Sizes of the Factors Contributing to the Trend in Events of Cesarean Section over the Next Ten Years
        • Event Rate of Hip and Knee Orthopedic Procedures per 1,000 Among People of All Ages in 2017 and 2027
        • Relative Sizes of the Factors Contributing to the Trend in Events of Hip and Knee Orthopedic Procedures over the Next Ten Years
    • Epidemiology Data
    • Methods
      • Appendectomy (excluding incidental) events
      • Bunionectomy Procedures (Inpatient and Outpatient)
      • Cardiac Procedures
      • Cesarean Section
      • Cholecystectomy Events
      • Cranial Procedures
      • Debridement of Wound, Burn, or Infection Procedures
      • Dental Procedures (Inpatient and Outpatient)
      • Hernia Procedures (Inpatient and Outpatient)
      • Orthopedic Procedures
      • Hysterectomy Events
      • Laminectomy/Excision of Intevertebral Disk
      • Lysis of peritoneal adhestions
      • Mastectomy
      • Oophorectomy Events
      • Partial Colectomy
      • Prostatectomy
    • Reference Materials
      • Literature Review
      • Risk/Protective Factors
      • Bibliography

Author(s): Amy Bradshaw Kaiser, MS

Amy Kaiser joined Decision Resources Group as an associate epidemiologist in 2017. Her focus is on the epidemiology of infectious diseases and niche and rare diseases. She holds an MS in Epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a BA in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College. Prior to joining Decision Resources Group, she worked as a human health research associate at a environmental consulting firm where her epidemiology research focused on occupational and environmental exposures and associated outcomes.

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