Table 1

Summary table of the PICOTS used as selection criteria

PopulationAny population of adult participants (18 years or older) who have had any type of lung or pleural surgery.
Index prognostic factorsPre-identified prognostic factors: Preoperative pain, postoperative pain, pain catastrophising score, age, gender, body mass index, diabetes mellitus, exercise tolerance, malignant diseases, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery duration, anaesthesia technique and surgical technique. Any newly identified prognostic factors will also be considered.
Comparator prognostic factorsBecause we will systematically identify all prognostic factors and summarise the evidence, no comparator prognostic factors are involved.
OutcomeChronic post-surgical pain as outcome.
TimingFollow-up of 3 months or more.
SettingAny healthcare setting.