Preparing for Surgery: What More Do Non-Surgical Candidates and Their Support Systems Desire?

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To enhance patient care, clinicians should be looking for the best ways to educate their surgical patients. The use of Real-Time Worldwide Intelligence (RIWI) provides a novel approach to collecting patient-reported perceptions. This survey investigated nonsurgical patients with hypothetical questions. To the question “What do you think is the best way to be well-prepared for a surgical procedure?” respondents were given the options of education, emotional support and preoperative meeting with clinicians. A majority responded “none” of these options were the best way to prepare for surgery. We need to tailor our approach to patient education based on what matters to them.


American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, October 12-16, 2023, San Francisco, CA