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Analysis of patient follow-up as part of the surgical education


Ilie, VG and Ilie, VI and Lefter, M, Analysis of patient follow-up as part of the surgical education, European Journal of Plastic Surgery, 35, (1) pp. 73-75. ISSN 0930-343X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00238-011-0564-3


In an era of reduced training hours for registrars, outpatient follow-up becomes an important tool in acquiring confidence in the management of various conditions. We audited the follow-up pattern for the metacarpal fractures operated by registrars only, in a tertiary referral centre, over a period of 18 months. Of 71 operated patients, 38% were seen at some point during their postoperative evolution by the surgeon who performed the procedure. Of the 12 patients who developed postoperative complication, the registrar involved saw 16.67%. A good learning opportunity was lost, especially in the hand surgery subspecialty, where the final outcome is crucially influenced by a close and proactive postoperative follow-up. The situation can be improved with minimal administrative effort, benefiting both the patient population and the trainees' body.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:surgical education, metacarpal fractures, patient follow-up
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Surgery
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Treatment of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Ilie, VI (Dr Vlad Ilie)
ID Code:84941
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2013-06-06
Last Modified:2013-07-03

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