OR Residents Associated With Higher Patient Morbidity But Lower Patient Mortality

Research results indicate that surgical residents are associated with slightly higher morbidity rates but slightly decreased mortality rates, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

For the study, researchers examined more than 607,000 cases from 234 hospitals from the 2006-2009 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. Results showed resident involvement led to slightly increased rates of morbidity for vascular procedures, pancreatectomy or esophagectomy and colorectal resections. However, resident involvement was also linked to a slight decrease in mortality for general and vascular procedures, colorectal resections and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.

Researchers concluded these findings can be used to settle patients' anxiety about residents' involvement in their surgical procedures.

Read the study about surgical residents' impact on patient outcomes.

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