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Impact of Robotic Surgery on Decision Making: Perspectives of Surgical Teams

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Natasha Alvarado

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Abstract

There has been rapid growth in the purchase of surgical robots in both North America and Europe in recent years. Whilst this technology promises many benefits for patients, the introduction of such a complex interactive system into healthcare practice often results in unintended consequences that are difficult to predict. Decision making by surgeons during an operation is affected by variables including tactile perception, visual perception, motor skill, and instrument complexity, all of which are changed by robotic surgery, yet the impact of robotic surgery on decision making has not been previously studied. Drawing on the approach of realist evaluation, we conducted a multi-site interview study across nine hospitals, interviewing 44 operating room personnel with experience of robotic surgery to gather their perspectives on how robotic surgery impacts surgeon decision making. The findings reveal both potential benefits and challenges of robotic surgery for decision making


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Author(s): Randell R, Alvarado N, Honey S, Greenhalgh J, Gardner P, Gill A, Jayne D, Kotze A, Pearman A, Dowding D

Publication type: Online Publication

Publication status: Published

Series Title: American Medical Informatics Association

Year: 2015

Acceptance date: 05/11/2015

ISSN (electronic): 1942-597X

Publisher: AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings


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