Priority 15 from the Anaesthesia (Canada) PSP

UNCERTAINTY: Are there specific surgeries for which regional anesthesia blocks (blocking feelings of pain without putting patients to sleep) provide better patient outcomes? (JLA PSP Priority 15)
Overall ranking 15
JLA question ID 0084/15
Explanatory note

This question asks about the advantages of regional anesthesia for specific types of surgery. Respondents wanted to know if regional types of anesthesia are good for surgeries, like breast or abdominal surgery.


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Health Research Classification System category  Generic health relevance
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples Is there good evidence for regional blocks with simple mastectomies? ~ Should all open abdominal surgery should have an epidural? 
Submitted by Healthcare providers, caregivers, patients
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0084
PSP name Anesthesia (Canada)
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 49  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 15 May 2019