July 10th, 2020

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Preoperative Surgical Case Review Program in a Community-Based, Academic Medical Center: A Feasibility Study
Authors:  Kenneth J. Nelson, M.D., Arnold L. Wagner, Jr., M.D., Trent E. J. Gordon, M.S., and Richard K. Silver, M.D.
  OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of applying postoperative objective criteria for preoperative evaluation of scheduled gynecologic cases.

STUDY DESIGN: A preoperative evaluation program was introduced in which all surgeons were asked to voluntarily submit a 1-page case summary questionnaire for each elective gynecologic surgical procedure. A committee of departmental peers reviewed each submission for appropriateness of indications and completeness of preoperative evaluation. Cases were evaluated against quality assessment criteria sets created by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Reviewed summaries were categorized as either meeting criteria, not meeting criteria but appropriate, not meeting criteria or no pertinent criteria available for the procedure planned.

RESULTS: In all, 2,005 elective gynecologic surgical procedures were performed by 70 active surgeons during the 1-year study period; 1,166 procedures (58%) were reported. Of 70 surgeons, 57 reported at least 1 procedure, but only 6 were 100% compliant with their surgical submissions. In total, 1,008 procedures (86% of reported cases) met the criteria or were deemed appropriate by committee review. In 166 instances, additional information was requested from and provided by the surgeon before the case could be adjudicated.

CONCLUSION: A voluntary program of preoperative surgical case review for scheduled gynecologic procedures appeared feasible but resulted in only modest initial participation. (J Reprod Med 2006;51:399-404)
Keywords:  gynecologic surgery, peer review, feasibility studies
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