Key PointsQuestionWhat is the prevalence of decisional conflict for surgical patients during the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic? FindingsIn this cross-sectional survey study of 182 patients scheduled for otolaryngologic surgery during the pandemic, non-White participants without college education were 10 times more likely to screen positive for decisional conflict compared with college-educated White participants. Concerns about intraoperative and postoperative processes were more prominent than COVID-19 concerns. MeaningThe results of this survey study suggest the need for health care professionals to converse with patients about patient values, beliefs, and specific concerns about treatment; future studies to elucidate racial health care inequities are warranted.
JAMA Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery – American Medical Association
Published: Oct 9, 2021