Assessment of Factors Affecting the Preference of Pain Medicine Subspecialty Choices and Training Course in Turkey: A Cross-Sectional Survey Study

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Bayramov T., Çetingök H., Talu G. K.

Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation, vol.51, no.4, pp.311-317, 2023 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.4274/tjar.2023.221071
  • Journal Name: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.311-317
  • Keywords: Medical fellowship, medical subspecialty training, pain doctor, pain management, pain medicine
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: The aim of this study is to assess the factors affecting the preference for the Pain Medicine subspecialty and the fellowship training programs by the pain specialists who have completed or continued the Pain Medicine fellowship training program from 2014 to 2021 in Turkey. Methods: The study was conducted in October 2020 and March 2021. By reaching out to the pain specialists who completed their fellowship or had been continuing their training by getting the right to receive a Pain Medicine fellowship. Via e-mail or WhatsApp application, an e-questionnaire link was sent to the participants, and data were collected on demographics, factors affecting the choice of Pain Medicine subspecialty, level of realization of the expectations during the training course and the level of proficiency in the field of pain specialization. Data analysis was performed using IBM SPSS Statistics 20.0 software, and tests were considered statistically significant if P < 0.05. Results: Participants reported that the factors that most affected their preferences were personal interest (55.1%), more comfortable working conditions (43.6%), and interest in an academic career (38.5%). Seventy-six participants answered the level of realization of expectations about performing interventional pain procedures using ultrasound imaging, and 31.6% reported that their expectations were not met, and 25% reported that their expectations were partially realised. Conclusion: We hope that our findings will lead to improving Pain Medicine subspecialty training programs, upgrading standards, and more comprehensive studies on these issues.