New research project on anaesthesia and peri-operative procedures

Dr. Tony Ingold spoke to the University Hospital Birmingham (UHB) support group meeting about a new research project. He is on the steering group and is hoping that the UHB patients will help with the survey that comes from this process.

The project is a Priority Setting Partnership (PSP), reviewing research on anaesthesia and peri-operative procedures. Peri-operative procedures are all of those processes that take place around an operation, from first entry to clinic through to after hospital community care, but excluding the surgery.

The project is funded by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and is underpinned by the James Lind Alliance (JLA) which is itself part of the National Institute for Health research. For more information about the JLA go to http://www.lindalliance.org.

The JLA has a good track record of gaining funding for research that has been screened through the JLA process and which includes ideas from patients, carers and clinicians, rather than the big pharmaceutical companies who have their own agenda. He is hoping to give the same talk to the West Midlands Branch meeting, and to gain support for the project from our OPA patients who have undergone surgery.

Watch this space for further information and developments.

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