Priority 18 from the Anaesthesia (Canada) PSP

UNCERTAINTY: What is the evidence for better patient outcomes for general anesthesia vs. regional anesthesia, and is there any evidence for which type of regional (either spinal or epidural) is better? (JLA PSP Priority 18)
Overall ranking 18
JLA question ID 0084/18
Explanatory note

This question asks about whether regional or general anesthesia is better for certain patients or surgery types. Respondents wanted to know about outcomes, like pain and narcotic use after surgery.


No systematic reviews identified

Health Research Classification System category  Generic health relevance
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples For which patients does regional anesthesia give better outcomes than general anesthesia? ~ Do patients experience a better outcome if they choose general anaesthesia over a regional block, such as an epidural for a hip replacement? 
Submitted by Healthcare providers, 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