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Cureus. 2019 Jun 5;11(6):e4838. doi: 10.7759/cureus.4838.

Critical Appraisal of Anesthesiology Educational Research for 2017.

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Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.
Department of Anesthesiology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, USA.
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, USA.
Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA.
Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.
Department of Anesthesiology, Duke University, Durham, USA.


Background Critical appraisals provide a method for establishing the status of an area of study or evaluating the effectiveness of literature within it. The purpose of this study was to review and appraise studies published in 2017 on medical education in anesthesiology and to provide summaries of the highest-quality medical education research articles in the field. Methods Three Ovid MEDLINE databases,, Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), and PsycINFO, were searched followed by a manual review of articles published in the highest impact factor journals in both the fields of anesthesiology and medical education. Abstracts were double-screened and quantitative articles subsequently scored by three randomly assigned raters. Qualitative studies were scored by two raters. Two different rubrics were used for scoring quantitative and qualitative studies, both allowed for scores ranging from 1-25. Results A total of 864 unique citations were identified through the search criteria. Of those, 62 articles met the inclusion criteria, with 59 quantitative and three qualitative. The top 10 papers with the highest scores were reported and summarized. Discussion As the first article to critically review the literature available for education in anesthesiology, we hope that this study will serve as the first manuscript in an annual series that will help individuals involved in anesthesiology education gain an understanding of the highest-quality research in the field. Once this process is repeated, trends can be tracked and serve as a resource to educators and researchers in anesthesiology for years to come.


anesthesiology; bibliometric; medical education

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