Research Topics and Articles

Publications and Research
CRNAs are active in research and have authored numerous articles in a variety of peer-reviewed journals such as the AANA Journal, The Clinical Forum for Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Anesthesia, Anesthesiology, Anesthesia and Analgesia, Journal of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Nursing Research.  In addition, CRNAs have presented their research at a variety of national and international meetings and conferences from academia to industry. Research by CRNAs has been funded by private and governmental grants, as well as from the AANA.  Movement of nurse anesthesia educational programs into graduate educational frameworks has allowed students to graduate with the skills for undertaking research and advancing the science of anesthesia.

 Highlight: CRNAs in Research

Quality and Safety:
New! McMullan SP, Thomas-Hawkins C, Shirely MR (2017). Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Perceptions of Factors Impacting Patient Safety.  Nursing Administration Quarterly, 41(1):56-69.
Beissel DE (2015). Complication Rates for Fluoroscopic Guided Interlaminar Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections Performed by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in Diverse Practice Settings. Journal for Healthcare Quality : official publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality. doi: 10.1111/jhq.12093
Lewis SR, Nicholson A, Smith AF, Alderson P (2014). Physician anaesthetists versus non-physician providers of anaesthesia for surgical patients, Cochrane Database Syst Rev,7:CD010357.
Dulisse B, Cromwell J (2010). No Harm Found When Nurse Anesthetists Work Without Supervision by PhysiciansHealth Affairs, 29:1469-1475.
Needleman J, Minnick AF (2009). Anesthesia Provider Model, Hospital Resources, and Maternal OutcomesHealth Service Research. 44(Part I):464-82.
Simonson D, Ahern M, Hendry M. (2007). Anesthesia Staffing and Anesthetic Complications During Cesarean DeliveryNursing Research, 56,1:9-17.
Pine M, Holt KD, Lou YB (2003). Surgical Mortality and Type of Anesthesia Provider, AANA Journal, 71: 109-116.
Cost Effectiveness:
The Lewin Group (2016). Update of Cost Effectiveness of Anesthesia Providers. Lewin Publications, May 13, 2016.
MacIntyre P, Stevens B, Collins S, Hewer I (2014). Cost of education and earning potential for non-physician anesthesia providers. AANA Journal, 82(1):25-31.
Hogan P, Seifert R, Moore C, Simonson B (2010). Cost Effectiveness Analysis of Anesthesia ProvidersNursing Economic$, 28,3:159-169.
Liao CJ, Quraishi JA, Jordan LM (2015). Geographical imbalance of anesthesia providers and its impact on the uninsured and vulnerable populations.  Nursing Economic$, 33(5):263-270
Greenwood JE, Biddle C (2015). Impact of legislation on scope of practice among nurse anesthetists. Journal of Nurse Practitioners, 11(5):498-504.
Kalist DE, Molinari NA, Spurr SJ (2011). Cooperation and conflict between very similar occupations: the case of anesthesia. Health Econ Policy Law, 6(2):237-264.
Merwin E, Stern S, Jordan L, Bucci M (2009). New Estimates for CRNA VacanciesAANA Journal, 77(2):121-129.
Merwin E, Jordan L (2006). Supply, Demand, and Equilibrium in the Market for CRNAs, AANA Journal, 74(4):287-293.
Additional Research:
Matsusaki T, Sakai T (2011). The role of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in the United States, Journal of Anesthesia, 25:734-740.

Lindsay S (2007). Gendering Work: The Masculinization of Nurse Anesthesia, The Canadian Journal of Sociology, 32,4:429-448.

 In the Literature: Hot Topics

Learn about topics and subtopics that have been identified as pressing issues facing CRNAs. Explore background information on foundations and policies as well as opposing views and controversies that may have potential implications for CRNAs.
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  • Health Workforce
  • Quality & Safety
  • Reimbursement/Alternative payment Models
  • Healthcare Delivery Systems
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