Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence 5th edition

The final draft of this internationally renowned publication is open for public consultation until Friday 16 October.

We’re excited to announce that 2020 edition of the internationally-renowned Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence is nearing completion, and that the final draft is now open for public consultation until Friday 16 October 2020.

This will be the fifth edition of the book, which we update every five years. It covers a wide range of clinical topics, combining a review of the best available evidence for acute pain management.

We would like to invite all fellows to take part in the final review, and contribute to what is widely considered to be one of the most comprehensive compilations of its kind in the world.

Summary of the revision document

This revision aims to update the fourth edition of Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence, published in 2015, and incorporates evidence that has become available for many aspects of acute pain management since then until August 2019. 

The aim of the document is not to formulate specific clinical practice recommendations, but to combine the best available evidence for acute pain management with current clinical and expert practice and to summarise the substantial amount of evidence currently available in a concise and easily readable form to assist the practising clinician.

How to make a submission

Please read the chapter(s) in your area of interest.  If you have any feedback please email us with your comments. Please see Appendix B (Process and Methodology) first to familiarise yourself with the underlying principles.
Please include your name, affiliation and an address, email address or telephone number at which you can be contacted.


​The deadline for submissions is 5pm AEDT on 16 October 2020. Thank you very much for your assistance with this project!

Next steps

After we’ve considered the comments received during consultation, we will publish Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence 5th edition on this website.

Editorial Advisory Group

Dr Mark Rockett (Representative of Faculty of Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetists)
Dr Clara Sze Ming Wong (Representative of Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists)

Last updated 12:57 17.09.2020