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Originally Published by UroToday

In an interview with UroToday, Dr. Ray Tan discussed a study he presented at the 2023 AUA annual meeting. The study, titled “The Effect of Visual and Numeric Risk Information on Surgeon Behavior: a Randomized Clinical Vignette Experiment“, examined how different forms of information presentation might impact surgical recommendations made by urologists. Through a mixed-methods, user-centered approach involving a series of clinical vignettes, Dr. Tan’s research discovered substantial variability in perceived risk among surgeons. It also found that while visual and numeric risk information could decrease this variation, it did not substantially alter surgical recommendations. Dr. Tan suggests that the data further confirm the intuitive nature of surgical decision-making, highlighting that current risk prediction tools serve more to reinforce the surgeon’s existing decision rather than guide it. Future research will explore the impact of these tools on doctor-patient communication and patient response. Watch the full interview below:

Hung-Jui (Ray) Tan, MD, MSHPM, Director of Urologic Oncology, Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program Director, Associate Professor of Urology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Ruchika Talwar, MD, Urologic Oncology Fellow, Department of Urology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

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