Patients want more information after surgery: a prospective audit of satisfaction with perioperative information in lung cancer surgery

Nicola Oswald, John Hardman, Amy Kerr, Ehab Bishay, Richard Steyn, Pala Rajesh, Maninder Kalkat, Babu Naidu

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Receiving information about their disease and treatment is very important to patients with cancer. There is an association between feeling appropriately informed and better quality of life. This audit aimed to estimate patient satisfaction with perioperative information in those undergoing surgery for lung cancer and any change in satisfaction over time.

A questionnaire (EORTC-Info-25) was administered prospectively to patients preoperatively and up to six months postoperatively. The preoperative questionnaire was completed by 292 patients and 88 free text comments were completed. Intrapersonal responses were compared over time.

Patients were highly satisfied with information prior to surgery. The overall helpfulness of information did not change over time but satisfaction with the amount of information decreased. Patients who received more information about ‘the disease’ and ‘things you can do to help yourself get well’ were less likely to report a drop in satisfaction (Odds Ratio 0.858, 95% Confidence interval 0.765 to 0.961, p = 0.008 and OR 0.102, 95% CI 0.018 to 0.590, p = 0.011 respectively). Free text responses revealed patients most frequently wanted more information on the disease, aftercare and self-care. Suffering complications from surgery was not associated with a change in satisfaction with information postoperatively.

Patients want to know more about their diagnosis, but also how to recover and cope with issues once they have gone home after surgery. Postoperative satisfaction with information may improve if patients are given more information on these topics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number18
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • Education
  • Patient
  • Lung neoplasm
  • Assessment
  • Patient outcome
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Thoracic surgery


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