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Few surgeons know cost of devices they implant, survey finds

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g120 (Published 10 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g120
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Orthopedic attending surgeons correctly estimated the cost of commonly used orthopedic devices only 21% of the time in a survey reported in the current issue of Health Affairs.1 Residents were right only 17% of the time.

The survey was conducted among attending surgeons and residents in the orthopedic departments of seven US academic medical centers: Duke University, Harvard University, the University of Maryland, the Mayo Clinic, the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, and Washington University in St Louis.

A total of 503 of the 522 physicians invited to participate completed the survey, giving a response rate of 96%. Of those responding 217 were attending physicians and …

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