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Table 2 Patient’s and provider’s responses to the SURPAS survey questions

From: The value of the “Surgical Risk Preoperative Assessment System” (SURPAS) in preoperative consultation for elective surgery: a pilot study

Patient Survey Questions (N = 197)
N (%)
Was the risk of your upcoming surgery discussed with you at your preoperative visit today?
 Missing 24 (12.2)
 No 5 (2.5)
 Yes 168 (85.3)
  (N = 168)
Did the surgeon who will do your operation tell you about the risk?
 Missing 1 (0.6)
 No 1 (0.6)
 Yes 166 (98.8)
Did the surgeon discuss the SURPAS tool with you?
 Missing 1 (0.6)
 No 5 (3.0)
 Yes 162 (96.4)
How well do you understand the risk of your surgery?
 Missing 2 (1.2)
 Very well, I have no further questions 148 (88.1)
 Quite well, but I still have a question 18 (10.7)
 Somewhat, but I still have a few questions 0 (0)
 Minimally, I still have a lot of questions 0 (0)
 Not at all 0 (0)
Were you given the papers that show you the estimates of the risks of surgery?
 No 3 (1.8)
 Yes 165 (98.2)
  (N = 165)
If yes: was this document explained to you?
 Missing 11 (6.7)
 No 0 (0)
 Yes 154 (93.3)
Was the surgical risk provided by SUPRAS less, the same, greater than you expected?
 Missing 28 (17.0)
 Greater than you expected it to be 21 (12.7)
 The same 73 (44.2)
 Less 43 (26.1)
Did seeing the risk make you want to talk to the provider more about your surgery?
 Missing 21 (12.7)
 No 118 (71.5)
 Yes 26 (15.8)
Did using the SURPAS tool and seeing the personal risks affect your decision to have or not have the operation?
 Missing 3 (1.8)
 No 136 (82.4)
 Yes 26 (15.8)
On a scale of 1–4, please circle the number that best reflects your opinion of the risk document given you.
 Missing 4 (2.4)
 It was very helpful 100 (60.6)
 It was helpful 53 (32.1)
 It was somewhat helpful 8 (4.9)
 It was not helpful 0 (0)
Provider’s Responses to the SURPAS Survey
Provider’s Survey Questions (N = 197)
N (%)
Did you discuss the SURPAS tool with your patients?
 Missing 8 (4.1)
 No 23 (11.7)
 Yes 166 (84.3)
Did you give the SURPAS handout to the patient?
 Missing 12 (6.1)
 No 20 (10.1)
 Yes 165 (83.8)
 If yes: Did you explain the SURPAS patient handout to the patient?
  Missing 1 (0.6)
  No 0 (0)
  Yes 164 (99.4)
Was the surgical risk provided from SURPAS
 Missing 32 (16.2)
 Less 27 (13.7)
 The same 101 (51.3)
 Greater than you expected it to be 37 (18.8)
On a scale of 1–4, please circle the number that best reflects your opinion of the risk document given to the patient?
 Missing 14 (7.1)
 It was not helpful 19 (9.6)
 It was somewhat helpful 46 (23.4)
 It was helpful 98 (49.8)
 It was very helpful 20 (10.2)
Did using the SURPAS tool change the interaction with the patient during the preoperative clinic visit?
 Missing 14 (7.1)
 No 95 (48.2)
 Yes 88 (44.7)
 If yes: Did you find the change to be:
  Missing 1 (1.1)
  Detrimental 0 (0)
  Neutral 4 (4.6)
  Beneficial 83 (94.3)
Did using the SURPAS tool and seeing the personal risks affect your decision to do or not do the operation?
 Missing 12 (6.1)
 No 182 (92.4)
 Yes 3 (1.5)
Did using the SURPAS tool and seeing the personal risks change any aspects of the preoperative workup?
 Missing 10 (5.1)
 No 178 (90.4)
 Yes 9 (4.6)
Did using the SURPAS tool and seeing the personal risks change any aspects of patient management or technical aspects in the operating room?
 Missing 14 (7.1)
 No 179 (90.9)
 Yes 4 (2.0)
Did using the SURPAS tool and seeing the personal risks change any aspects of the planned postoperative care for this patient?
 Missing 13 (6.6)
 No 181 (91.9)
 Yes 3 (1.5)
  1. Abbreviation: SURPAS Surgical Risk Preoperative Assessment System