Research priorities, and the roles of SAPORG and APORG


  • Bruce Biccard University of Cape Town


The South African Perioperative Research Group (SAPORG) was founded in 2015. At the first SAPORG meeting held in Durban, perioperative research priorities for South Africa were agreed upon based on a Delphi consensus setting process conducted in the run-up to that meeting. The outcome of the meeting was the publication of ten perioperative research priorities for South Africa.1 The establishment of SAPORG and the perioperative research priorities for South Africa could be considered an unprecedented success. Three of the ten priorities have been addressed; a national prospective observational study of the outcomes associated with paediatric surgical cases,2 a national observational study of maternal and foetal outcomes following operative delivery in South Africa,3 and the development and validation of a risk stratification tool for South African surgery based on the South African Surgical Outcomes Study (SASOS) data.4 Furthermore, another two of the priorities are currently being addressed. The preparatory work for a randomised controlled trial of preoperative B-type natriuretic peptide-guided medical therapy to decrease major adverse cardiac events following non-cardiac surgery, forms part of the doctoral studies of Dr Christella Alphonsus, and the establishment of a national database of critical care outcomes, and critical care resources is on the agenda of the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa (CCSSA).

Author Biography

Bruce Biccard, University of Cape Town

Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa