Patient Experience Not Related to Surgical Outcomes

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Patient reported experiences of elective surgical procedures are only weakly correlated with better surgical outcomes, according to an article in BMJ Quality & Safety.

Researchers analyzed data from patients undergoing hip replacements, knee replacements and groin hernia repairs in England between 2010 and 2012.

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They found little correlation between patients' reported experiences of the procedures and effectiveness or safety of the procedures. Patients' level of trust and communication with their physicians was somewhat correlated with outcomes, with each standard deviation associated with a 30 percent change in the probability of a patient reporting a complication from surgery.

Researchers concluded patient reported outcomes do not have a strong link to the quality of medical treatment the patients receive.

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