Patients’ perception of the practice of anaesthesia in a Jordanian teaching hospital: A survey

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Adel M BatainehMohammad I Abu-Shehab

Abstract

Background and Aim: Despite big leaps of progress in its scope, the practice of anesthesia is still suffering from poor public image worldwide, especially in developing countries. Little research investigated the public awareness of anesthesia in the Middle East. This study aimed to examine the perception of the practice of anaesthesia among Jordanian patients.Methods: A total of 505 patients admitted for elective surgery were interviewed using a standard questionnaire. In addition to demographic data, questions covered patients' awareness of anaesthetists qualifications, importance, and roles inside and outside the operating theatre. Awareness was measured using the frequency of correct answers to survey questions plus a patient’s total knowledge percentage score of his/her correct answers. Effects of demographic variables on results were also investigated. Appropriate statistical tests were used to summarize and compare results. Results: Most patients identified anesthesia as a separate practice from surgery (86%). The anaesthetist was identified as a physician by only 37% of patients. Equal importance to both anaesthetists and surgeons was assumed by 71.5% of patents. Only 15% of patients showed good level of total knowledge...Continue Reading

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