The Anesthesiologist do not get due recognition although they play a crucial role in the perioperative management of patients and also outside operation theatre such as critical care, pain clinic and labor analgesia. We conducted a study to know the awareness about anesthesia and role of anesthesiologist among patients scheduled to undergo elective surgery in a tertiary care teaching hospital.
Design: A prospective cross-sectional survey with a sample size of 350 patients.
Materials and Methods:
Patients scheduled to undergo elective surgery in 18-60 years age group with the ASA Grades 1 & 2, who were willing to participate and given written informed Consent were included in the study. Patients with age < 18 years and > 60 years, ASA Grade 3 and above were excluded.
Data analysis: Statistical analysis was done by calculating percentages using SPSS Software.
In our study, only 23.7% patients knew that anesthesiology is a separate medical branch,34.6% patients knew about the use of different anesthesia techniques. Only 29.7% of the participants knew about the risk of Anesthesia.
33.4% patients were aware about role of anesthetist in the OT and 17.4% patients were aware about role of anesthetist outside the OT.
Majority of the patients in our study were not aware of the role of anesthesia, types of anesthesia and the role of anesthetists inside and outside OT. This could be due to low education in our patients.
Awareness about anesthesia and anesthesiologist can be improved by spending adequate time in a pre-anesthesia clinic.
Keywords: Patients, knowledge, awareness of Anesthesia.