Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Cusimano, MD, MHPE, FRCSC, PhD, FACS, FCAHS
Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto
You are being invited to consider participating in this research study because you are either a neurosurgical patient or a family member acting as an informal caregiver of a neurosurgical patient, who has had a minimum of one clinical encounter with a staff neurosurgeon.
Purpose of the Research
The purpose of this study is to investigate patient and informal caregiver perspectives on resident doctor evaluations and to determine how best to incorporate patient evaluations and feedback into existing medical programs. Therefore, we believe your experiences and opinions will provide valuable perspectives on what patients’ value in their neurosurgeon and on how patient perspectives and feedback can be incorporated into the evaluation of resident doctors to ensure the development of well-rounded neurosurgeons that effectively meet the needs of patients.
Description of the Research & Study Duration
Overall this study will run for about one year. Your involvement in the research study, which involves completing the questionnaire, will take approximately 15-30 minutes. If you are unable to complete it all at once, you may return to it at another time by accessing the survey link on the same computer/device and same internet browser. We are hoping to have a minimum of 93 respondents.
In the questionnaire, you will initially be asked some general demographic questions about yourself and about your neurological diagnosis. You will not need to provide specific details nor will you be asked specific questions about your medical history. Your medical records will not be reviewed or incorporated into this study. Also, the differences between the role of a “staff neurosurgeon” and a “neurosurgery resident” will be explained to you. We will then ask you about your expectations of your neurosurgeon and about your ability and interest in evaluating resident doctors.
Potential Harms, Benefits, & Alternatives to Participation
There are no risks to you from participating in this survey. Participation will not involve any additional costs to you. There is no compensation for participating in this study. We hope that by obtaining your perspective on neurosurgery resident performance evaluations, we will be able to identify potential gaps in the existing neurosurgical residency training program and as such, you will be contributing to the training of neurosurgeons who effectively meet patient expectations and accountability needs.
Because this study is not looking at ways to provide medical treatment to you, the alternative to taking part in this study is not to take part. Whether you chose to complete or not complete the survey, it will not have any impact on the quality of any future medical care you might need.