Positive Outcomes With Improved Hemorrhoidectomy Information

Significant improvement in patient satisfaction; less medical attention sought postoperatively

Positive Outcomes With Improved Hemorrhoidectomy Information

THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing day-case hemorrhoidectomy, improved quality of patient information is associated with positive outcomes, according to a study published in the November/December issue of the Journal of Healthcare Quality.

Jenan Younis, M.R.C.S., from Ashford and St. Peter's National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust in Chertsey, U.K., and colleagues conducted a retrospective comparative study involving 60 patients undergoing day-case hemorrhoidectomy and 60 patients undergoing the same procedure with improved patient information.

The researchers found that the group of patients who received improved information experienced a significant improvement in patient satisfaction scores (4.2 for the improved information group versus 2.95 among controls; P < 0.05). The improved information group also sought less medical attention postoperatively (5 versus 57 percent; P < 0.05).

"This study has shown that by improving the quality of patient information for day-case hemorrhoidectomy, patient satisfaction was higher and fewer patients sought medical attention, which has beneficial financial indications for the NHS Trust and improvement of health care for the patient," the authors write.

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