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. 2020 Jan 1;22(1):E637.
eCollection Jan-Mar 2020.

Critical Appraisal of Anesthesiology Educational Research for 2018

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Critical Appraisal of Anesthesiology Educational Research for 2018

Lara Zisblatt et al. J Educ Perioper Med. .
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Background: Through a critical appraisal of the education research in anesthesiology, this article enables those interested in the field to read the high-quality articles for the past year and possibly implement these evidence-based interventions and concepts into practice. This study reviews and appraises all medical education studies published in 2018 in anesthesiology and summarizes the highest-rated articles evaluated.

Methods: Three Ovid MEDLINE databases,, ERIC, PsycINFO, and PubMed 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 3 randomly assigned raters. Qualitative studies were scored by 2 raters. Two different rubrics were used for scoring quantitative and qualitative studies, both allowed for scores ranging from 1 to 25.

Results: A total of 888 unique citations were identified through the search criteria. Of those, 39 articles met the inclusion criteria (36 quantitative and 3 qualitative). The top 11 quantitative papers and the top qualitative paper with the highest scores were reported and summarized.

Conclusions: As the second article to critically review the literature available for education in anesthesiology, we are able to add to this annual series to help further disseminate the articles of the highest quality in anesthesiology education. Because this is only the second year, we can only report on initial suggestions of trends that we hope will help guide future research.

Keywords: anesthesiology; bibliometric; medical education.

Conflict of interest statement

Sources of support: This study was funded internally through each department of the authors.

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