Perception of NOTES among health care workers and medical students

Juan Javier Omana, Sheetal Mistry, Daniel Herron, Subhash Kini

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Abstract

Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) is an experimental surgical approach. Several intra-abdominal procedures have been successfully performed in animals and humans although the long-term safety is still unknown. Potential advantages are reduction of wound-related complications, reduced postoperative pain, improved cosmesis, and short recovery time. This study aimed to measure the overall perception among health care workers and medical students. Materials: A brief 9-item survey was created to measure the perception among health care workers and medical students. A total of 120 surveys were completed. Results: Overall, 15% had a favorable perception, 29% had an unfavorable perception, and 55% were undecided. A total of 40% considered the possibility of avoiding wound-related complications the most appealing advantage, whereas 54% cited unknown safety as the most concerning possible disadvantage. Current occupation, previous knowledge, and affiliation to the surgical department influenced the overall perception. Conclusion: Most health care workers and medical students in our sample were undecided in their perception of NOTES.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-68
Number of pages6
JournalSurgical Innovation
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010

Keywords

  • health care workers
  • medical students
  • natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES)
  • perception

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