Meet your surgical team: The impact of a resident-led quality improvement project on patient satisfaction

Rebecca Craig-Schapiro, Sandra R. DiBrito, Heidi N. Overton, James P. Taylor, Ryan B. Fransman, Elliott Haut, Bethany C Sacks

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BACKGROUND: Patients often have an incomplete understanding of the levels of training and roles of the various surgical providers in teaching hospitals, leading to patient confusion and dissatisfaction.

METHODS: Pre-intervention discharge surveys were administered to gastrointestinal surgery inpatients (10/2016-02/2017) to evaluate sentiments regarding their surgical team. During the intervention period (02/2017-05/2017), patients at admission received "facesheets" containing team member profiles, photos, training level, and roles. These patients were evaluated using the survey, and pre- and post-intervention scores compared.

RESULTS: 153 pre- and 100 post-intervention surveys were collected. There was a significant increase in patients reporting it was important to know the surgical team members and that they knew team member roles (p ≤ 0.05). Scores in every domain of the satisfaction survey improved in the post-intervention period, although not reaching statistical significance.

CONCLUSIONS: Improving how patients perceive their interactions with their surgical team has implications on patient satisfaction and hospital quality metrics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)793-799
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018


  • Facesheet
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Quality improvement
  • Surgical team

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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