Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology & Reanimation
ORIGINAL ARTICLE

ANESTHESIOLOGIST’S ATTITUDE AND BEHAVIOR TOWARDS POSTOPERATIVE PAIN MANAGEMENT IN TURKEY

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Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Intensive Care Science, Trakya University School of Medicine, Edirne, Turkey

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Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University School of Medicine, Çanakkale, Turkey

Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim 1; 1: -
DOI: 10.5152/TJAR.2021.1561
Read: 104 Downloads: 56 Published: 01 June 2021

Objective: This study aims to evaluate the approach of Anesthesiologist in Turkey and their applications towards postoperative pain treatment, and in addition to raise awareness in this regard.

Methods: The target audience of this descriptive survey study was physician members of the Turkish Society of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, who were volunteering / accepting to participate in the study. The doctors were contacted via their e-mail addresses. Data were collected online, between October 10, 2016 and November 30, 2016, using a web-based (SurveyMonkey®, https://tr.surveymonkey.com/) questionnaire form, and the data were analyzed by the statistics software program (SPSS ©, v.20, Il, USA). Descriptive data were presented with frequency, percentage, mean, standard deviation, median, minimum, and maximum values.

Results: A total of 315 people included in the study. 34.9% anesthesiologists had 5-10 years of professional experience. 61.9% of the anesthesiologists stated that they routinely check the patients' pain level in the postoperative period. Multimodal analgesia is mostly preferred (25.3%) after major surgical intervention. 71.9% of the participants stated that they can not find the required time for postoperative analgesia in their institution, and they associated this matter with excessive workload and lack of staff time.

Conclusion: In this study we found that anesthesiologists in Turkey are doing the follow-up of patients during the postoperative period pain-wise and that they use specific pain scales. Anesthesiologists think that postoperative pain treatment is not done effectively and time required for pain treatment of the pain treatment is not enough. They also stated that a separate team should be formed for postoperative pain management in the hospital.. They also stated that a separate team should be formed for postoperative pain management in the hospital. We believe that this study will raise awareness on this issue and will contribute to the creation of algorithms for postoperative pain treatment, the establishment of pain teams, and the provision of more effective and safer health services.

Cite this article as: Demir ET, Erbaş M. Anesthesiologist’s attitude and behavior towards postoperative pain management in Turkey. Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim. 2021; doi: 10.5152/TJAR.2021.1561

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