Robotic surgery claims on United States hospital websites.

Linda X. Jin, Andrew M. Ibrahim, Naeem A. Newman, Danil V. Makarov, Peter J. Pronovost, Martin A. Makary

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Abstract

To examine the prevalence and content of robotic surgery information presented on websites of U.S. hospitals. We completed a systematic analysis of 400 randomly selected U.S. hospital websites in June of 2010. Data were collected on the presence and location of robotic surgery information on a hospital's website; use of images or text provided by the manufacturer; use of direct link to manufacturer website; statements of clinical superiority; statements of improved cancer outcome; mention of a comparison group for a statement; citation of supporting data and mention of specific risks. Forty-one percent of hospital websites described robotic surgery. Among these, 37% percent presented robotic surgery on their homepage, 73% used manufacturer-provided stock images or text, and 33% linked to a manufacturer website. Statements of clinical superiority were made on 86% of websites, with 32% describing improved cancer control, and 2% described a reference group. No hospital website mentioned risks. Materials provided by hospitals regarding the surgical robot overestimate benefits, largely ignore risks and are strongly influenced by the manufacturer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-52
Number of pages5
JournalJournal for healthcare quality : official publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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