Publication date: Sep 23, 2020
Perioperative pain assessment and management in neurosurgical patients varies widely across the globe. There is lack of data from developing world regarding practices of pain assessment and management in neurosurgical population. This survey aimed to capture practices and perceptions regarding perioperative pain assessment and management in neurosurgical patients among anesthesiologists who are members of the Indian Society of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care (ISNACC) and evaluated if hospital and pain characteristics predicted the use of structured pain assessment protocol and use of opioids for postoperative pain management.
A 26-item English language questionnaire was administered to members of ISNACC using Kwiksurveys platform after ethics committee approval. Our outcome measures were adoption of structured protocol for pain assessment and opioid usage for postoperative pain management.
The response rate for our survey was 55.15% (289/524). One hundred eighteen (41%) responders informed that their hospital setup had a structured pain protocol while 43 (15%) responders reported using opioids for postoperative pain management. Predictors of the use of structured pain protocol were private setup (odds ratio [OR] 2.64; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.52-4.59; p=0.001), higher pain intensity (OR 0.37; 95% CI 0.21-0.64; p