Surgical procedures can be undertaken under different modes of anaesthesia and the terms local, regional and general anaesthesia are fundamental components of clinical practice. However, there is a lack of standardisation and consistency in how anaesthetic techniques are defined, administered and reported, which complicates the interpretation of published evidence and the planning of future clinical trials. This editorial discusses the issues with definitions of anaesthetic technique and the resultant impact on clinical research and patient care across a range of specialties.
- mode of anaesthesia
- study design