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The American Society of Anesthesiologists Practice Parameter Methodology
Author Notes
  • From the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, Illinois (J.L.A.); and the Committee on Standards and Practice Parameters, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Schaumburg, Illinois (J.L.A., R.T.C.).
  • Submitted for publication June 16, 2018. Accepted for publication October 18, 2018.
    Submitted for publication June 16, 2018. Accepted for publication October 18, 2018.×
  • *Jeffrey L. Apfelbaum is a professor and former chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Chicago and has served as chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Standards and Practice Parameters since 2008. Richard T. Connis has served as methodologist for the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Standards and Practice Parameters since 1991 and as chief methodologist since 1995.
    Jeffrey L. Apfelbaum is a professor and former chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Chicago and has served as chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Standards and Practice Parameters since 2008. Richard T. Connis has served as methodologist for the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Standards and Practice Parameters since 1991 and as chief methodologist since 1995.×
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The American Society of Anesthesiologists Practice Parameter Methodology
Anesthesiology 3 2019, Vol.130, 367-384. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002551
Anesthesiology 3 2019, Vol.130, 367-384. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002551
Abstract

The methodology used during the development of American Society of Anesthesiologists evidence-based practice parameters, from conceptualization through final adoption of the documents, is described. Features of the methodology include the literature search, review and analysis, survey development and application, and consolidation of the full body of evidence used for preparing clinical practice recommendations. Anticipated risks of bias, validation of the process, and the importance of the documents for clinical use are discussed.