Outcomes Research

URL:  http://www.or.org , Publisher:  The Outcomes ResearchGroup , Main author:  Daniel Sessler, M.D., Professor of Anesthesia, University of California–San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, California; and University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

The Outcomes ResearchGroup has produced an interesting web site, with a substantial amount of information related mainly to thermoregulation during anesthesia.

What is the Outcomes ResearchGroup?

The Outcomes ResearchGroup was formed in 1990 at the University of California–San Francisco. The letters “OR” in their logo indicate both their name and the fact that much of the group’s research relates to the operating room. The logo incorporates two arrows, on either side of the letters “OR,” which identify the potential outcomes and that the result will be one OR  the other.

Outcomes Researchincludes more than 65 university-based investigators in a dozen countries, including the United States, Austria, Japan, Germany, Canada, Australia, and France. The group is currently involved in more than 60 active projects and receives funding from a number of major institutions.

How Do They Use Their Web Site?

In addition to the usual information about the members of the group, their research interests and publications, the site is also used to give information to potential volunteers for their studies and to disseminate the information they have acquired during their research, such as Temperature Monitoring and Thermal Management Guidelines.

What Is In It for Me?

The site includes several presentations that can be viewed in either standard HTML format (with or without graphics) or downloaded as PowerPoint presentations. Topics available are Accidental Hypothermia, Malignant Hyperthermia, Perioperative Air Safety, Perioperative Wound Infections, Thermoregulation and Heat Balance, and U.S. Anesthesia Residency Training. There is a searchable bibliography of approximately 3,000 (mostly) thermoregulatory references.

There are three reviews, complete with quizzes, that are sponsored by the Health Science Center at Syracuse, so that category 1 American Medical Association Physicians Recognition Award credits can be awarded. Topics available are related to thermoregulation and perioperative hypothermia.

How Does the Site Look and Feel?

The site is very crisp and clean, with the top and left borders providing the navigation and the bottom right frame displaying content. On a laptop with a 640 × 480-pixel screen size, this involved some scrolling but was still acceptable. The navigational system made it easy to understand what information was available in each section and to cut into presentations at any point of interest. However, the only search function available was the bibliography search. As the site expands, a general search function for the whole site will become more and more necessary. Images are mainly simple black and white diagrams that load rapidly. The slide shows are especially well presented and appeared quickly even with a 33.6kbps modem on an old laptop. The site is well referenced. Despite the academic credentials of the site, the Webmaster does allow some lighter touches, including the photograph of a child and the comment that the list of links underwent “multiple linkoplasties and debridement of necrotic URLs.”


This is a nicely presented site that is a credit to the Outcomes ResearchGroup. It provides valuable information about thermoregulation and other issues of interest to the group in a format that makes the information accessible.