Why is there a need for improved patient education about surgery?

  • Studies show that patients remember only 15-30% of the treatment risks explained by surgeons during a verbal informed consent process;
  • Studies consistently show that improved surgical education leads to fewer complications and improved outcomes for patients;
  • These studies also show that muti-media programs are the best way to educate patients.

Studies and databases show that a major cause of professional liability is poor (or incomplete) education about surgery.