Patients undergoing surgery in New York hospitals may have better outcomes if they are given pre-surgery education, according to a Gallup analysis. After surveying thousands of patients who had undergone medical device implantations, Gallup researchers found that the patients who were educated about what to expect after surgery were more likely to experience positive outcomes.
Researchers asked patients to report whether or not they knew what to expect after surgery, felt prepared for their post-surgery experience and followed post-surgery instructions. The patients were told to rate these three areas from one to five. Patients who gave a rating of five to at least one of the areas had fewer post-surgery problems and were more satisfied with the outcomes of their procedures. Patients who gave a five rating to more than one area had even greater satisfaction with the results.