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Postop Adhesions Common, Yet Underappreciated


Objective: To report on a survey of Dutch surgeons, hypothesizing that lack of knowledge about adhesions and their consequences is related to surgeon practice and adhesion-related complications. Design: Survey. Participants: 1455 surgeons and trainees. Methods: Initial survey questions were developed by a group of surgeons with a particular interest in adhesions. Questions were then edited by researchers with expertise in survey design and construction of multiple choice questions. Resultant survey was pilot-tested with 5 practicing surgeons and 3 surgical trainees. Final survey contained 55 multiple-choice questions, 4 open-ended questions, and 4 optional questions. Survey was sent to all members of the Dutch Association for Surgery, as well as to all registered surgical trainees. A reminder was sent electronically 1 week after the initial email if no response was obtained. Data from surveys with <80% of questions complete were discarded. Results: Of participants, 84% were contac more...
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