Utilisation abusive du propofol dans les professions médicales : une étude de portée

Translated title of the contribution: Propofol misuse in medical professions: a scoping review

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Purpose: We aimed to describe the current literature concerning propofol misuse in medical professionals, specifically relating to the individual demographics of those misusing propofol and the outcomes of propofol misuse. Methods: We conducted a retrospective scoping review of the literature using a modified PRISMA approach. We used MEDLINE, EMBASE, and PsycINFO databases to identify relevant studies based on search terms. Studies describing individual medical professionals misusing propofol were included. Results: Twenty-four articles describing 88 individual cases of propofol misuse were included for data charting and analysis. Anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists were most commonly identified. Death was a common method of identification of misuse, while rehabilitation and death were common final outcomes associated with propofol misuse. Conclusions: Despite knowledge of the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of propofol by those misusing this medication, death was a common outcome reported in the literature. Data related to long-term outcomes including re-entry to clinical practice or success of rehabilitation were limited.

Translated title of the contributionPropofol misuse in medical professions: a scoping review
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)395-405
Number of pages11
JournalCanadian Journal of Anaesthesia
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2023


  • medical professionals
  • propofol
  • substance diversion
  • substance misuse


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