Journal Article

The evolving story of overlapping surgery.

Mello MM, Livingston EH. JAMA. 2017;318:233-234.

Scheduling overlapping procedures is perceived as risky, despite lack of robust evidence regarding its impact on patient safety. This commentary explains that the practice is primarily detrimental to the physician–patient relationship and that building trust is a key strategy to manage this concern. The authors suggest transparency with patients about scheduling practices and hospital oversight to ensure accountability would assist in establishing the trust in overlapping surgeries.