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Research Priorities in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care

Dr Oliver Boney is leading a nationwide project on behalf of the Royal College of Anaesthetists to gather ideas about research priorities in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care. The focus of the Royal College resaerch is to improve the quality of care for anyone having an operation but to do that they need to know what both patients and clinicians feel are the most important things to focus on. As a result they are now running a survey asking patients, carers and  relatives, about what areas of anaesthesia and perioperative care should be ‘research priorities‘ in the future.

The online survey takes no more than 10 minutes to complete and it is live until the end of July 2014. If you would like to take part and put your thoughts forward about what the future priorities should be when it comes to researching anaesthesia and perioperative care then you will find the direct link here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AnaesthesiaandPerioperativeCarePSP.

What is “anaesthesia and perioperative care”?

  • Anaesthesia concerns the use of drugs (including anaesthetic gas) given to a patient before, during or after an operation. This may be a general anaesthetic (to make the patient unconscious), or regional anaesthesia (to remove sensation and pain in one area, such as a limb), or general pain control.
  • Perioperative care comprises every aspect of patient care before, during and after surgery.
  • A whole team of professionals – not just the surgeon – is involved in looking after the patient around the time of their operation.
  • So together, ‘anaesthesia and perioperative care’ covers just about every aspect of looking after the patient, apart from the surgery itself.

The Hysterectomy Association has become an official partner of the project and will be credited as partners in this ‘Priority Setting Partnership’. More details of this Research Priority Exercise can be found on the National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia website here: http://niaa.org.uk/PSP

You can ask up to 3 questions about anaesthesia and perioperative care.

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