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Patient Satisfaction Not Affected by Surgery Complications Study Finds

Reuters Health writes of findings from a small U.S. study that suggests patients’ satisfaction with surgeon care does not appear to be tied to whether or not they have complications after a procedure. Researchers compared how 529 patients rated their surgeons in satisfaction surveys after their operations and the number and severity of any complications these patients might have experienced. Overall, 72 percent of the patients rated their surgeons as the “best possible” in satisfaction surveys.  Fourteen percent of patients had complications after their operations, and about 27 percent of these were major or severe complications. But neither the number of complications nor the severity of complications appeared to influence whether patients gave their surgeons top marks in satisfaction surveys, researchers report in the journal Surgery.

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