Cyprus Journal of Medical Sciences
Original Article

Peripheral Block Education and Level of Competency: A Survey of Turkish Anesthesiologists


Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimaton, Maltepe Univerity Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey


Department of Anesthesiology, Medicum Hospital, Antalya, Turkey


Department of Anesthesiology, Maltepe Govermental Hospital Istanbul, Turkey


Department of Biochemistry, Ankara Baskent University Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Cyprus J Med Sci 2020; 5: 299-304
DOI: 10.5152/cjms.2020.1770
Read: 60 Downloads: 15 Published: 23 October 2020


Presently, in Turkey, there is no work being conducted on the period of regional anesthesia education, and there are no statistics available on the frequency with the administration of basic extremity blocks.The present survey was conducted on anesthesia doctors throughout Turkey to explorethe personal knowledge and competency of the participants. Simultaneously, this survey aimed to evaluate the information sources for regional anesthesia training in Turkey.


The present study surveyed 377 anesthesia doctors in March 2017 through a questionnaire formulated on the Delphi platform. The voluntary participants were recruited from professional organizations, hospital portals, and Turkey’s anesthesia departments. Descriptive analyses were conducted for statistical evaluation.


Of the total participants, 3.2% were professors, 3.2% were associate professor doctors, 7.4% were assistant professors, 64.5% were specialist doctors, and 21.8% were residents. In the segment concerning skill and information level self-evaluation for blocks, the most commonly performedact was infraclavicular block (26.8%). With regard to their “information source,” 40% of the participants chose “from my colleagues” for upper extremity blocks. The specialist training was the least popular information source for ultrasound-guided interscalene block, while the digital visual information sources were often consulted for the same.


Various sources have been identified as the source of information as much as the specialty training, more so in some blocks. A significant majority of the participants avoided block applications. In the future, it would be useful to collect data on a more comprehensive national scale to overcome the limitations of the present issue.

Cite this article as: Selvi O, Tulgar S, Senturk Ö, Taş Z, Köse HC, Topçu Dİ, et al. Peripheral Block Education and Level of Competency: A Survey of Turkish Anesthesiologists. Cyprus J Med Sci 2020; 5(4): 299-304.

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