The May 2014 issue of Surgery, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program, features a collection of studies authored by current and former clinical scholars.
These studies highlight important issues in surgery ranging from access to care, including access to kidney transplantation and the effect of geography; quality of care, including careful examination of return ambulatory visits and readmissions after operative procedures and the relative effect of technical complications and comorbid conditions; costs of care, including the impact of for-profit hospital ownership on the choice of treatment; and patient perspectives, including quality of life and patient expectations.
In addition, there is an analysis of organization and practice of acute care surgery, a report on the quality of surgical care in safety-net hospitals, a study on the impact of surgical complications on trust and communications between patients and surgeons, and a paper on referring physicians’ decision-making process when referring patients to surgery.
This issue of Surgery was intended to highlight the kind of work currently being done by surgeons who have been, or currently are, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars. These scholars are defining the cutting edge of American health care.