The Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research journal recently published a study examining how surgeon attitudes influence reoperation and readmission rates. The study measured how certain hazardous attitudes might impact orthopedic surgery. These attitudes include macho, impulsive, worry, resignation, self-confidence and authority. The study analyzed 41 surgeons. The study found macho attitude prevailed among surgeons with 24 percent reporting “macho thought.” Surgeons reported impulsivity and authority at much lower rates, while none reported resignation. The researchers concluded, "High levels of hazardous attitudes may not be consistent with the routine delivery of safe surgical care in a teamwork setting where human factors and safe systems are the key to success."
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