This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:
To examine whether a nurse-led service rather than a doctor-led service affects the quality and outcome of preoperative assessment (POA) for elective surgical patients of all ages requiring either a regional or general anaesthetic. Specifically we will consider the evidence that POA led by nurses is equivalent to that led by doctors for the following outcomes.
Cancellation of the operation due to clinical reasons.
Cancellation of the operation by the patient.
Patient satisfaction with POA.
Patient knowledge or information gain.
We will investigate whether there are differences in quality and outcome depending on the age of the patient, training of staff and type of surgery or anaesthetic.