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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25533

Title: What Do Patients Want to Know? Determining the Information Needs of Patients Undergoing Lumbar Microdiscectomy
Authors: Zahrai, Ali
Advisor: Palda, Valerie
Department: Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Keywords: Spine surgery
Patient education tools
Microdiscectomy
Surgical information needs
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2010
Abstract: Background: No spine-specific educational tool has been developed using input from all relevant stakeholders, including patients. Purpose: The objective of this study was to determine the information needs of lumbar microdiscectomy patients. Methods: Qualitative methods with thematic analysis was used. Focus groups were conducted with: 1) preoperative microdiscectomy patients; 2) postoperative microdiscectomy patients; 3) spine surgeons; 4) spine fellows; 5) orthopaedic surgery residents; 6) anesthesiologists; 7) surgeons’ administrative assistants; and, 8) preoperative assessment team. Results: Major information needs were related to: anesthesia, surgical procedure details and postoperative course. Patients desire information on postoperative course much more than surgeons perceive. Desired attributes of information tools as well as patient factors that influence the extent of information shared by surgeons were determined. Information resources should be given to patients as soon as they are deemed surgical candidates. Conclusions: Microdiscectomy patients desire more information than currently provided to them – in particular postoperative-related information.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25533
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