Perioperative medicine literature review

In the last quarter of 2018, ANZCA commissioned a review of recent peer-reviewed and grey literature to better identify the co-ordinated perioperative care models that are effective in improving patient outcomes and cost efficiency.

The review also explored models of postgraduate education and training for health practitioners for co-ordinated perioperative care that have been identified in the literature; and the implications for postgraduate education and training of health practitioners that could be identified in the literature. 

While no specific model was superior to another, there was clear evidence that a coordinated and collaborative multidisciplinary and multifaceted model of care is effective in providing clinical benefits and reduces costs.

The core elements for success are: close working relationship (leadership, team work and communication), clear protocols, documentation and compliance with those protocols, audit and importantly, patient-centred care. 

In 2019, a second literature review will be commissioned to explore the links between intensive care and perioperative medicine.

These literature reviews will inform the development of future education and service delivery offerings.
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