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How Do Patients Perceive Resident Participation in Facial Cosmetic Treatment?

Published:January 25, 2023DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oooo.2023.01.007

      Abstract

      Purpose

      : The main objective of this study was to determine patient attitudes toward resident participation in their facial cosmetic treatment.

      Materials and Methods

      : The study design was a cross sectional study which consisted of an anonymous questionnaire regarding the patient's opinion of resident involvement in their care. Patients who presented to a single academic center seeking facial cosmetic care were surveyed over a period of 10 months. Primary outcome variables were degree of training, analysis of resident involvement impacting quality of care, and resident gender.

      Results

      : Fifty patients were surveyed. All participants agreed that they would be comfortable if a resident observed their consultation or treatment and 94% agreed they would be comfortable if a resident interviewed and examined before meeting with the surgeon (n=47). When asked if they would prefer a resident to be far along in their training if they were involved in the surgical care, the majority, 68%, (n=34) agreed. Only 18% (n=9) of the patients reported feeling a resident's involvement in their surgery may lower the quality of their care.

      Conclusion

      : Patient perception of resident participation in their cosmetic treatment is favorable, but it appears patients do prefer that residents be well into their training years.
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