Editorial Views  |   February 2016
We Need More Reports of Global Health Anesthesia Articles
Author Notes
  • From the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Accepted for publication September 18, 2015.
    Accepted for publication September 18, 2015.×
  • Address correspondence to Dr. Harris: mark.harris@hsc.utah.edu
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Editorial Views   |   February 2016
We Need More Reports of Global Health Anesthesia Articles
Anesthesiology 2 2016, Vol.124, 267-269. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000000954
Anesthesiology 2 2016, Vol.124, 267-269. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000000954
In the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery’s introductory editorial, Meara et al.1  state that “Surgery and anaesthesia are integral, indivisible components of any properly functioning health system.” These components, although undoubtedly indivisible, currently appear unbalanced.
A PubMed search for “surgery” paired with the usual indicators of low-resource programs (e.g., “global,” “international,” “low resource,” or “austere”) reveals over 400 relevant articles. A search for corresponding anesthesia terms finds 30. Of course, articles in journals from low-income regions address the scholarly practice of surgery and anesthesia without any such global tags. However, the theme of this essay is the apparent paucity of publications regarding collaborative education, funding, or service programs addressing the anesthesia needs in low-income countries (LICs).
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