Journal article

Do Surgeons Treat Their Patients Like They Would Treat Themselves?

Stein J Janssen, Teun Teunis, Thierry G Guitton, David Ring, undefined Science of Variation Group

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research® | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: There is substantial unexplained geographical and surgeon-to-surgeon variation in rates of surgery. One would expect surgeons to treat patients and themselves similarly based on best evidence and accounting for patient preferences. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) Are surgeons more likely to recommend surgery when choosing for a patient than for themselves? (2) Are surgeons less confident in deciding for patients than for themselves? METHODS: Two hundred fifty-four (32%) of 790 Science of Variation Group (SOVG) members reviewed 21 fictional upper extremity cases (eg, distal radius fracture, De Quervain tendinopathy) for which surgery is optional answering two questions: (1) What treatment..

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