PATIENT PERSPECTIVES ON SURGEON-SPECIFIC OUTCOME REPORTS IN BARIATRIC SURGERY
Kyle Lam*, Scarlet Nazarian, Nishita Gadi, Sherif Hakky, Krishna Moorthy, Christos Tsironis, Ahmed Ahmed, James M. Kinross, Sanjay Purkayastha
Imperial College London, London, London, United Kingdom
Surgeon specific outcome reports (SSOR) can be accessed freely by the UK general public to promote transparency and informed decision-making. However, the views amongst bariatric patients concerning this data are unknown.
The aims of this study were to determine patient awareness, views and priorities for outcome reporting in bariatric surgery and to provide recommendations for future surgeon-specific outcome reporting through the UK National Bariatric Surgery Registry.
We adapted a previously validated questionnaire and surveyed the views of 150 patients in a single UK bariatric surgical unit. We collected data concerning awareness, views, and future priorities for outcome reporting.
73% of participants were unaware they could access SSOR. Of the participants that were unaware, 75% stated that they would have accessed SSOR had they been aware they could. Of the participants that had previously accessed SSOR, 86% stated they understood the data, although 61% indicated it did not influence their choice of surgeon. The majority of participants favoured public release of outcome reports at the surgeon-level (75%) and hospital-level (83%). The three main priorities indicated by participants for future outcome reporting were complication rates (91%), patient reported outcome measures (90%), and reoperation rate (89%), all at the surgeon-level.
Patient awareness of outcome reporting is poor. Efforts must be made to increase awareness of SSOR. Patients should be incorporated as key stakeholders in determining future outcome reporting in bariatric surgery.
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