Table 2

The ten highest rated perioperative research issues: mean scores* (rank)

Research issues

Total

95% (CI)

High** volume

Low volume

Academic

Non-academic


The value of tight control of diabetes mellitus postoperatively.

7.2 (1)

6.8–7.6

7.2 (1)

7.1 (2)

7.1 (3)

7.2 (1)

Starting aspirin on patients at increased risk for postoperative cardiac complications.

7.1 (2)

6.7–7.5

7.2 (2)

7.0 (4)

7.1 (4)

7.1 (2)

Safety and efficacy of continuing aspirin preoperatively for those already taking aspirin.

7.0 (3)

6.6–7.4

7.0 (5)

7.1 (1)

7.1 (5)

7.0 (3)

Optimal management of perioperative anticoagulation for patients with prosthetic valves.

7.0 (4)

6.5–7.4

6.9 (6)

7.1 (3)

7.0 (6)

7.0 (4)

The value of starting angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors for those at increased risk of postoperative cardiac complications.

6.9 (5)

6.5–7.3

7.2 (3)

6.7 (9)

7.0 (7)

6.9 (7)

Determining the diagnostic yield of routine postoperative cardiac surveillance.

6.8 (6)

6.4–7.2

7.1 (4)

6.6 (13)

6.5 (12)

6.9 (6)

Developing interventions to minimize postoperative delirium.

6.8 (7)

6.4–7.2

6.5 (9)

7.0 (6)

6.4 (14)

6.9 (5)

The value of starting beta-blockers for patients at increased risk of postoperative cardiac complications.

6.7 (8)

6.2–7.2

6.4 (11)

7.0 (5)

7.2 (1)

6.6 (10)

Optimal management of perioperative anticoagulation for patients with atrial fibrillation.

6.6 (9)

6.2–7.1

6.3 (12)

6.9 (7)

6.6 (11)

6.7 (9)

Developing a risk stratification index for predicting postoperative pulmonary complications

6.6 (10)

6.2–7.1

6.6 (8)

6.7 (10)

6.5 (13)

6.7 (8)


* Mean scores were derived from responses based on a 10-point Likert scale. A score of 10 indicates high priority and 1 indicates low priority for future research.

** Ratings from consultants who see a high volume of preoperative consults (>10/month).

Khan et al. BMC Surgery 2004 4:11   doi:10.1186/1471-2482-4-11

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