Recommendations for effective documentation in regional anesthesia: an expert panel Delphi consensus project

Hassan M. Ahmed, Benjamin P. Atterton, Gillian G. Crowe, Jaime L. Barratta, Mark Johnson, Eugene Viscusi, Sanjib Adhikary, Eric Albrecht, Karen Boretsky, Jan Boublik, Dara S. Breslin, Kelly Byrne, Alan Ch'ng, Alwin Chuan, Patrick Conroy, Craig Daniel, Andrzej Daszkiewicz, Alain Delbos, Dan Sebastian Dirzu, Dmytro DmytriievPaul Fennessy, H. Barrie J. Fischer, Henry Frizelle, Jeff Gadsden, Philippe Gautier, Rajnish K. Gupta, Yavuz Gürkan, Harold David Hardman, William Harrop-Griffiths, Peter Hebbard, Nadia Hernandez, Jakub Hlasny, Gabriella Iohom, Vivian H.Y. Ip, Christina L. Jeng, Rebecca L. Johnson, Hari Kalagara, Brian Kinirons, Andrew Kenneth Lansdown, Jody C. Leng, Yean Chin Lim, Clara Lobo, Danielle B. Ludwin, Alan James Robert Macfarlane, Anthony T. Machi, Padraig Mahon, Stephen Mannion, David H. McLeod, Peter Merjavy, Aleksejs Miscuks, Christopher H. Mitchell, Eleni Moka, Peter Moran, Ann Ngui, Olga C. Nin, Brian D. O'Donnell, Amit Pawa, Anahi Perlas, Steven Porter, John Paul Pozek, Humberto C. Rebelo, Vicente Roqués, Kristopher M. Schroeder, Gary Schwartz, Eric S. Schwenk, Luc Sermeus, George Shorten, Karthikeyan Srinivasan, Markus F. Stevens, Kassiani Theodoraki, Lloyd R. Turbitt, Luis Fernando Valdés-Vilches, Thomas Volk, Katrina Webster, T. Wiesmann, Sylvia H. Wilson, Morné Wolmarans, Glenn Woodworth, Andrew K. Worek, E. M.Louise Moran

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Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Documentation is important for quality improvement, education, and research. There is currently a lack of recommendations regarding key aspects of documentation in regional anesthesia. The aim of this study was to establish recommendations for documentation in regional anesthesia. METHODS: Following the formation of the executive committee and a directed literature review, a long list of potential documentation components was created. A modified Delphi process was then employed to achieve consensus amongst a group of international experts in regional anesthesia. This consisted of 2 rounds of anonymous electronic voting and a final virtual round table discussion with live polling on items not yet excluded or accepted from previous rounds. Progression or exclusion of potential components through the rounds was based on the achievement of strong consensus. Strong consensus was defined as ≥75% agreement and weak consensus as 50%-74% agreement. RESULTS: Seventy-seven collaborators participated in both rounds 1 and 2, while 50 collaborators took part in round 3. In total, experts voted on 83 items and achieved a strong consensus on 51 items, weak consensus on 3 and rejected 29. CONCLUSION: By means of a modified Delphi process, we have established expert consensus on documentation in regional anesthesia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-308
Number of pages8
JournalRegional anesthesia and pain medicine
Volume47
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2022

Keywords

  • anesthesia
  • Delphi process
  • documentation
  • international consensus
  • minimum standards
  • nerve block
  • neuraxial
  • regional anesthesia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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