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Surgical residents often overestimate risk of complication and death

A study published online in the journal JAMA Surgery suggests that many surgical residents may overestimate risk of postoperative complications and death in surgically complex patients. 

Members of the research team surveyed 152 general surgery (n = 76) and internal medicine (n = 76) residents regarding risk of morbidity, mortality, surgical site infection, pneumonia, and cardiac complications in seven real-life, complex clinical scenarios. For 91 percent of clinical estimates, researchers found that both groups overestimated every type of risk, based on National Surgical Quality Improvement Program estimates. The research team writes that the "near-universal overestimation of risk underscores the importance of developing risk-estimation resources for internists and surgeons." Learn more...