Measuring and Comparing Clinical Productivity of Individual Anesthesiologists

Amr E. Abouleish, Charles W. Whitten, Mark E. Hudson

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Measuring and comparing clinical productivity of individual anesthesiologists is confounded by anesthesiologist-independent factors, including facility-specific factors (case duration, anesthetizing site utilization, type of surgical procedure, and non–operating room locations), staffing ratio, number of calls, and percentage of clinical time providing anesthesia. Further, because anesthesia care is billed with different units than relative value units, comparing work with other types of clinical care is difficult. Finally, anesthesia staffing needs are not based on productivity measurements but primarily the number and hours of operation of anesthetizing sites. The intent of this review is to help anesthesiologists, anesthesiology leaders, and facility leaders understand the limitations of anesthesia unit productivity as a comparative metric of work, how this metric often devalues actual work, and the impact of organizational differences, staffing models and coverage requirements, and effectiveness of surgical case load management on both individual and group productivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)684-696
Number of pages13
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 2023
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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