Are surgeons and anesthesiologists lying to each other or gaming the system? A national random sample survey about "truth-telling practices" in the perioperative setting in the United States.
Investigators mailed surveys to anesthesiologists and surgeons to determine potential misreporting of information among providers in perioperative care. The majority of anesthesiologist respondents had concerns that surgeons misrepresented information, and a modest proportion of surgeons and anesthesiologists reported regularly misrepresenting information to each other. Although limited by a low response rate, these results raise concern about safety culture in the operating room.