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"Currently, no widely accepted guidelines or policies exist for providing information regarding the role of surgical trainees to the patient during the informed consent process. The accepted standard is to provide information that 'a reasonable patient' would want and would need to know to make an informed decision, but this counseling may vary widely by health care professional, setting, and type of surgical procedure."To assess patient perceptions and willingness to participate in surgical resident education and training programs, Christopher R. Porta, M.D., and colleagues from Madigan Army Health System, Tacoma, Wash., carried out an anonymous survey at a tertiary-level U.S. Army hospital and referral center. Of 500 questionnaires distributed, 316 (63.2%) were returned and included in the assessment which revealed, that most patients showed no preference for a private hospital versus a teaching hospital. Of those who did, 24.9% percent reported to prefer a teaching hospital compared to 8.8% who preferred a private facility for overall care. The preference of hospital treatments for minor surgical procedures reported 28.2% of patients in favor of a teaching hospital compared with 12% to a private facility.
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Arch Surg. Published online September 19, 2011. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2011.235
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