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Table 5 Justifications considered “Very Important” when misrepresentation was acknowledged (*)

From: Are surgeons and anesthesiologists lying to each other or gaming the system? A national random sample survey about “truth-telling practices” in the perioperative setting in the United States

Rationale Anesthesiologist Surgeon   p value
Patient’s Best Interest 11/60 18 % 2/19 11 % 0.685
Information Not Clinically Relevant 49/79 62 % 16/39 41 % 0.031
Already Attending to Issue 40/82 49 % 7/33 21 % 0.007
Counterpart Would Not Understand 27/81 33 % 5/26 19 % 0.172
Counterpart Would Demand Unreasonable Tx 25/82 31 % 8/29 28 % 0.769
Would be Blamed or Chastised 5/78 6 % 0/26 0 % 0.459
Not A Good Time to Discuss 31/82 38 % 8/31 26 % 0.232
Concerned About Legal Consequences 15/71 21 % 10/32 31 % 0.269
  1. *Percent of respondents acknowledging a survey item as a justification for mis-reporting who considered the justification to be “very important”
  2. *N’s are different because more than one item could be acknowledged as a justification