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J Am Coll Surg. 2015 Oct;221(4):837-44. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2015.06.017. Epub 2015 Jul 23.

Can 360-Degree Reviews Help Surgeons? Evaluation of Multisource Feedback for Surgeons in a Multi-Institutional Quality Improvement Project.

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1
Ariadne Labs, Boston, MA; Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA; Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA.
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Ariadne Labs, Boston, MA; Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA.
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Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.
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South Shore Hospital, South Weymouth, MA.
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North Shore Medical Center, Salem, MA.
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Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA.
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Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.
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Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.
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Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions, Inc, Cambridge, MA.
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Ariadne Labs, Boston, MA; Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. Electronic address: abhaynes@mgh.harvard.edu.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Medical organizations have increased interest in identifying and improving behaviors that threaten team performance and patient safety. Three hundred and sixty degree evaluations of surgeons were performed at 8 academically affiliated hospitals with a common Code of Excellence. We evaluate participant perceptions and make recommendations for future use.

STUDY DESIGN:

Three hundred and eighty-five surgeons in a variety of specialties underwent 360-degree evaluations, with a median of 29 reviewers each (interquartile range 23 to 36). Beginning 6 months after evaluation, surgeons, department heads, and reviewers completed follow-up surveys evaluating accuracy of feedback, willingness to participate in repeat evaluations, and behavior change.

RESULTS:

Survey response rate was 31% for surgeons (118 of 385), 59% for department heads (10 of 17), and 36% for reviewers (1,042 of 2,928). Eighty-seven percent of surgeons (95% CI, 75%-94%) agreed that reviewers provided accurate feedback. Similarly, 80% of department heads believed the feedback accurately reflected performance of surgeons within their department. Sixty percent of surgeon respondents (95% CI, 49%-75%) reported making changes to their practice based on feedback received. Seventy percent of reviewers (95% CI, 69%-74%) believed the evaluation process was valuable, with 82% (95% CI, 79%-84%) willing to participate in future 360-degree reviews. Thirty-two percent of reviewers (95% CI, 29%-35%) reported perceiving behavior change in surgeons.

CONCLUSIONS:

Three hundred and sixty degree evaluations can provide a practical, systematic, and subjectively accurate assessment of surgeon performance without undue reviewer burden. The process was found to result in beneficial behavior change, according to surgeons and their coworkers.

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