Alan R. Tait, Ph.D.

(Michigan) Alan R. Tait, Ph.D., is the Endowed Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan where he serves as the Director of Clinical Research. Dr. Tait is also a long-standing member of the University of Michigan’s Institutional Review Board, the Medical School Admissions Executive Committee, and serves as the Chair of the Research Committee for the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia. Dr. Tait is trained in classical epidemiology and biostatistics and has over 30 years of experience in clinical outcomes research, psychometrics, qualitative research, and in the management and analysis of large datasets. He has over 120 peer-reviewed publications and acts as a reviewer for numerous scientific and medical journals.

Dr. Tait’s early research centered on the effects of general anesthesia on outcomes in children who present for surgery with an upper respiratory tract infection (URI). This work identified several risk factors for children with URIs who undergo elective surgery with a view to optimizing the anesthetic management of these children. More recently, Dr. Tait’s research has focused on developing strategies to improve the communication of informed consent for research and treatment among adult patients, parents, and children. Current studies suggest that many patients and research subjects have limited understanding of the elements of consent and therefore may not be truly informed.

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Alan R. Tait's Publications:

  1. Parents' understanding of information regarding their child's postoperative pain management.
  2. The prevalence of and risk factors for adverse events in children receiving patient-controlled analgesia by proxy or patient-controlled analgesia after surgery.
  3. Incidence and risk factors for perioperative adverse respiratory events in children who are obese.
  4. A comparison of the clinical utility of pain assessment tools for children with cognitive impairment.
  5. Children who refuse anesthesia or sedation: a survey of anesthesiologists.
  6. Effect of age and sedative agent on the accuracy of bispectral index in detecting depth of sedation in children.
  7. Presenting research information to children: a tale of two methods.
  8. Glycopyrrolate does not reduce the incidence of perioperative adverse events in children with upper respiratory tract infections.
  9. Clonidine for the prevention of emergence agitation in young children: efficacy and recovery profile.
  10. The revised FLACC observational pain tool: improved reliability and validity for pain assessment in children with cognitive impairment.
  11. Incidence and predictors of difficult and impossible mask ventilation.
  12. A comparison of observational and objective measures to differentiate depth of sedation in children from birth to 18 years of age.
  13. Statistical prediction of the type of gastric aspiration lung injury based on early cytokine/chemokine profiles.
  14. Validity of parent ratings as proxy measures of pain in children with cognitive impairment.
  15. Nurses' diagnoses and treatment decisions regarding care of the agitated child.