R. Koirala MBBS; O. Mattern BMed (Newc); P. Danne MD, MBBS, FRACS, FACS; S. Murray MBBS.
Patients' perception of surgical training in private hospitals
Article first published online: 8 JUL 2012
© 2012 The Authors. ANZ Journal of Surgery © 2012 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
ANZ Journal of Surgery
Volume 82, Issue 7-8, pages 548–550, July/August 2012
How to Cite
Koirala, R., Mattern, O., Danne, P. and Murray, S. (2012), Patients' perception of surgical training in private hospitals. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 82: 548–550. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2012.06112.x
- Issue published online: 5 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 8 JUL 2012
- Accepted for publication 14 December 2011.
- general surgery;
Introduction: Surgical training is traditionally a public hospital-based practice. At Epworth Private Hospital, Richmond, Victoria, there are three accredited surgical training positions and one fellowship position. We conducted a patient survey to review the patients' perspective of surgical trainees in private hospitals.
Methods: Over 6 weeks, 100 patients admitted under the surgical units with full-time surgical registrars were given a survey to complete in two parts on the training of surgeons in private hospitals.
Results: Seventy per cent of surveys were returned completed. Ninety per cent of respondents agreed that private hospitals should be involved in surgical training and 85.7% of patients were agreeable to having trainees involved in their operation. Only 1.4% of patients were not in agreement with surgical training in private and 8.6% of patients were neutral in their opinion.
Conclusion: Our results clearly show that private hospital patients are generally favourably disposed to the presence and participation of surgical trainees in the private hospital setting.