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.

Quality and Safety

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.
Negrusa B, Hogan PF, Warner JT, Schroeder CH, Pang B (2016).  Scope of Practice Laws and Anesthesia Complications. No Measureable Impact of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Expanded Scope of Practice on Anesthesia-related Complications.   Medical Care, 54(10): 913-920.
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 Physicians, Health Affairs, 29:1469-1475.
Needleman J, Minnick AF (2009). Anesthesia Provider Model, Hospital Resources, and Maternal Outcomes, Health Service Research. 44(Part I):464-82.
Simonson D, Ahern M, Hendry M. (2007). Anesthesia Staffing and Anesthetic Complications During Cesarean Delivery, Nursing Research, 56,1:9-17.

Cost Effectiveness

Cintina I, Hogan PF, Schroeder C, Simonson BE, Quraishi JA (2018). Cost Effectiveness of Anesthesia Providers and Implications of Scope of Practice in Medicare Population.  Nursing Economic$, 36(2):67-73.

Quraishi J, Jordan L, Hoyem, R (2017).  Anesthesia Medicare Trend Analysis Show Increased Utilization of CRNA Services.   AANA Journal, 85(5):375-383

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.
The Lewin Group (2012) presents four case studies  that discuss medical and indirect costs involved with chronic pain treatment.
Hogan P, Seifert R, Moore C, Simonson B (2010). Cost Effectiveness Analysis of Anesthesia Providers, Nursing 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.
Jordan L (2011). Studies Support Removing CRNA Supervision Rule to Maximize Anesthesia Workforce and Ensure Patient Access to Care, AANA Journal, 79(2):101-104.
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 Vacancies.  AANA 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.
Schreiber RS, Macdonald MA (2010). Keeping vigil over the profession: a grounded theory of the context of nurse anaesthesia practice, BMC Nurs, 2010;9:13.

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

In the Literature: Hot Topics

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