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By Admin | May 28, 2022

The topic of how a patient perceives shared decision-making versus how their surgeon perceives it is getting increased attention from the research community. Here comes a second study—this time in spine care and from a different institution than the University of Texas Dell School of Medicine work—which found that patients and their spine surgeons have differing perceptions on shared decision-making on surgery.

The study, “Patient and Spine Surgeon Perceptions on Shared Decision-Making in the Treatment of Older Adults Undergoing Corrective Surgery for Adult Spinal Deformity,” was published in the May 15, 2022 issue of the journal Spine.

“Surgery for correction of adult spinal deformity is often beneficial; however, in over 20% of older adults (≥ 65 years of age), outcomes from surgery are less desirable,” the researchers wrote.

Because of this, they wanted to better understand patients’ and spine surgeons’ perspectives about decision-making around surgery for adult spinal deformity.

The researchers conducted semi structured, in-depth interviews with six patients and five spine surgeons to identify themes.

Patient themes included that the patients felt surgery was their only option because soon they wouldn’t be able to undergo invasive procedures anymore; they mentally committed to the surgery even before their first meeting with the surgeon; they felt that the current decision support tools were ineffective in...(More)

For more info please read, 2ND STUDY ALSO FINDS GAP BETWEEN PATIENT AND SURGEON PERCEPTIONS. by Orthopedics This Week

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