Smart marketing may improve public understanding of the anesthesia profession

Barak Cohen*, Daniel Ogorek, Stanislav Oifa, Anat Cattan, Idit Matot

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Abstract

Background: A 2005 survey led by the Israeli Society of Anesthesiologists (ISA) found that large parts of the Israeli public are not familiar with the profession of anesthesia. The ISA has subsequently been conducting a public campaign for several years with the aim to enhance community knowledge regarding the anesthesiologists' training and their critical role in the perioperative period. Objective: The present study sought to evaluate the value of a campaign aiming to enhance public understanding of the importance of a medical profession; more specifically, a campaign to promote awareness of the community regarding the anesthesia profession. If proved to be successful, public campaigns may be considered in other countries and for other medical professions with similar difficulties. Methods: In 2013, five hundred participants from the general community were asked to answer a questionnaire focusing on the profession of anesthesia. Results: Public knowledge has improved following the campaign. Specifically, improvement was demonstrated regarding the qualification of the anesthesiologist as an MD (92% vs. 64% in 2013 and 2005, respectively), and enhanced awareness of the anesthesia team's critical role in the operating room (OR) (48% vs. 30% in 2013 and 2005, respectively). Conclusions: The Israeli community is attentive to public campaigns that address the roles of a medical profession. Enhanced public knowledge regarding the importance of the anesthesia profession may have a significant impact on both the payment policy for anesthesiologists and on the recruitment of more physicians to the field of anesthesia. Public campaigns may be considered for other medical professions with similar difficulties.

Original languageEnglish
Article number16
JournalIsrael Journal of Health Policy Research
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anesthesiology
  • Public campaign
  • Public opinion

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