The College is regularly contacted by research-active members regarding the distribution of surveys relating to anaesthetists and their practice.  In general, the RCoA is very selective as to any external surveys it distributes to its fellows and members.

Members wishing to make a survey submission should complete an RCoA Survey Application Form and return it to  Please read the guidance on the form and this webpage carefully before submitting.

Current Surveys

The College encourages its members and fellows to particpate in the following projects:

POPS/RCoA Perioperative Medicine Survey

As the largest hospital speciality delivering perioperative medicine in the UK, the attitudes and beliefs of anaesthetists are important in shaping the future delivery of perioperative care. Two years ago the Royal College of Anaesthetists launched its Perioperative Medicine Programme. Now the RCoA Perioperative Medicine Leadership Group, in conjunction with colleagues from the Proactive Care of Older People Going to Have Surgery (POPS) programme, want to know your views! 

Click here to complete the anonymous survey.

Closing Date: 16 October 2017


DEcisions in health Care to Introduce or Diffuse innovations using Evidence (DECIDE) 

The DECIDE project (DEcisions in health Care to Introduce or Diffuse innovations using Evidence), run by University College London and funded by The Health Foundation, is analysing how interactions between the evidence available and processes at the individual/group and organisational/system levels influence decisions to introduce or diffuse innovations within the National Health Service in the UK. 

A range of evidence informs healthcare decision-making, from formal research findings to ‘soft intelligence’ or local data, as well as practical experience or tacit knowledge.  Studies have shown that decision-makers prefer different types of evidence (including quality and strength) but little is known about the strength of these preferences, the potential trade-offs between these attributes in relation to different types of innovation, and how preferences vary by type of decision-maker.

In addition, little is known about how other characteristics of evidence and other contextual factors inform decisions to introduce or diffuse innovations. The aim of this survey is to establish decision-makers’ preferences for evidence (types of evidence, quality of evidence, strength of evidence) to inform the introduction and diffusion of innovations.

Click here to complete the anonymous survey

Closing Date: 30 September 2017


Managing and Interpreting Neuromuscular Monitoring

An international study is being undertaken to anonymously survey anaesthesia providers concerning their current practice vis-à-vis perioperative neuromuscular monitoring as well as intraoperative muscle relaxant administration and reversal, to provide an understanding of actual clinical attitudes and practice throughout the world regarding neuromuscular monitoring.  

The survey will inform the study group of clinical attitudes and practice throughout the world in this important aspect of anaesthetic practice. The study group has international representation including Prof Jennifer Hunter in the UK. The survey contains 9 questions and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. 

This study is not sponsored by any professional organisation, nor does it have any commercial affiliation. The information collected will be kept both confidential and anonymous.

Click here to take the survey.

Closing Date: 30 November 2017


SPACE (Stopping Perioperative Angiotensin Converting Enzyme inhibitors / receptor blockers)

The aim of this survey, supported by the British Oxygen Company/Royal College of Anaesthetists 2015 award, is to gain insight into current UK practice with regard to prescription of ACE-I and ARBs perioperatively.

Click here to take the survey.

Closing Date: 31 September 2017

Survey Submission Guidelines

  • Approved surveys are shared as links on this webpage or electronically as part of established College communication channels – only apply if your project is using an online survey tool.
  • The scheduling of all survey distribution and the inclusion of specific surveys is at the RCoA’s discretion.  
  • Please be aware that the College also runs its own surveys of members and your project may clash with ongoing RCoA work. There may also be a number of surveys awaiting distribution and your project timescales may not line up with RCoA capacity.
  • The College will not bulk email its members with a message specific to your survey, nor will it coordinate physical mail-outs of survey materials.
  • Survey links will only be circulated following review by members of Council for relevance to the overall RCoA Strategic Plan, and a subsequent methodological review by members of the HSRC Executive Management Board.  Applicants with fixed data collection timeframes should plan several weeks’ lead-in time for any submission to accommodate this, plus any changes required by the reviewers to the survey contents.
  • Applications must either come directly from registered College members or come with written support of a College member.
  • Return completed Survey Application Forms to

Please Note:  Whilst the College has agreed to circulate the links for these surveys for the interest of its members, unless otherwise noted, neither the RCoA nor HSRC are members of the survey teams or official sponsors of any of these research projects.

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