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SURVEY OF SURGEON'S ATTITUDES AND KNOWLEDGE REGARDING REGIONAL ANAESTHESIA
Author(s): ,
Loganathan, S.*
Affiliations:
Alexandra Health, Anaesthesia Anaesthesia & Pain Managment, Singapore, Singapore
,
Yan Wong, P.
Affiliations:
Alexandra Health, Anaesthesia Anaesthesia & Pain Managment, Singapore, Singapore
,
Bajaj, S.
Affiliations:
Alexandra Health, Anaesthesia Anaesthesia & Pain Managment, Singapore, Singapore
,
Wong, T.M.
Affiliations:
Alexandra Health, Anaesthesia Anaesthesia & Pain Managment, Singapore, Singapore
Rajaratnam, V.
Affiliations:
Alexandra Health, Anaesthesia Anaesthesia & Pain Managment, Singapore, Singapore
ESRA Academy. Loganathan S. Sep 13, 2017; 190790
Dr. Suresh Babu Loganathan
Dr. Suresh Babu Loganathan

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Background and Aims:

Surgeon preference is an important factor influencing patient anesthetic choice. Although much has been written regarding patient preferences, very little information is available that examines surgeons’ attitudes towards general anesthesia versus regional anaesthesia (RA).  

Our study aims to explore the surgeon’s preference to regional anaesthesia and other barriers to the practice of evidence based approach to regional anaesthesia

Methods:

After DSRB approval, a survey encompasses X number of multiple choice question filled by consented participants on the ‘Google doc’ based web survey without personal identifiers. Information is securely stored through a password enabled data collection. 

Data collected will be quantitatively analysed using SPSS and the narrative will be qualitatively analyzed using NVIVO software for themes and patterns in the surgeons’ preferences.

Results:

A total of 89 response were obtained (100 %), The population characteristics showed most of them had RA knowledge from clinical work (56.7%). The majority of the respondents agreed that RA is safer,provides better pain control & decreases the complications.
Finally when the participants were asked to choose from RA/ GA , only about 24% choose only RA.

Conclusions:

The choice of an anaesthetic technique is a collective decision with all the stakeholders embracing the best approach for superior team dynamics with the patient interests in the forefront.
 As the patients are primed to the anaesthetic choice during the early visits to the primary surgeons, mutual knowledge sharing of the technicalities and advantages of the anaesthetic techniques and addressing the surgeons’ concerns might help in the selection of the best anaesthetic technique. 

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