Perioperative Recovery of Mood, Opioids, and Pain Trial (PROMPT)

About the Study

Perioperative Recovery of Opioids, Mood, and Pain Trial (PROMPT) is a large research study of patients undergoing surgery. This trial involves following patients throughout their recovery process after surgery and comparing an intervention vs. usual care. This is a randomized, controlled trial – this means that some patients will receive the study intervention and other patients will receive usual care. Funding for this study is provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


What will I be asked to do?

If you choose to participate, there are 3 steps involved:

  1. Complete a questionnaire packet before your date of surgery:  This gives us important information about you so we can learn what contributes to surgical recovery, and who may benefit most from this intervention.
  2. Receive Intervention or Usual Care: If you are in the Intervention group, the doctor will contact you once a week after your surgery; If you are in the usual care group, you will continue to step 3.
  3. Follow-up after surgery: The study team will contact you daily after surgery for a brief phone interview. You will also receive follow-up questionnaires on a weekly and/or monthly basis.

What is the Intervention?

The intervention involves Motivational Interviewing & Physician-Guided Opioid Weaning.  If you are in the intervention group, you will speak with Dr. Hah on a weekly basis to receive support and education.  This will focus on your medication, and Dr. Hah will give you instructions for how to gradually reduce your opioid pain medication.

What is usual care?

If you are in the “usual care” group, you will not receive any interventions from the research team.  We will still collect follow-up information from you and observe how you progress in your recovery.

Who Can Participate?

  • Age 18-75
  • Undergoing surgery with one of our participating surgeons

Why is this study important?

Few studies have focused on reducing the time people suffer following surgery.  Being part of this important project will help you learn more about your own health and risks to your recovery.  You will also help doctors develop better ways to treat future patients experiencing the health problems you are experiencing now.  This study may help us learn how to speed the recovery of patients following surgery, reduce dependence on pain medications, and even prevent chronic pain following surgery.

How will I benefit?

Whether you receive the Intervention or Usual Care, you will speak with our study team throughout your recovery. This may give you the opportunity to learn more about your recovery process.

If you receive the intervention, you will have the opportunity to speak with the study physician and get specific recommendations for your recovery.

We cannot guarantee that you will receive any benefit. We do hope what we learn from this study will lead to better opioid management for future patients.

What are the risks?

The risk associated with this study is very low.  For both groups, the questionnaires may be inconvenient to complete and take some extra time.  Some of the questions also ask about sensitive topics.  We make sure to maintain and protect your privacy by keeping all of your information confidential as required by law.

Who is on the research team?

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Hah, MD

Co-Investigator: Sean Mackey, MD, PhD

Research Coordinators: Heather Hilmoe

For general information about participant rights, contact 1-866-680-2906