Team mix affects operating room social behavior

(Reuters Health) – Social behavior in the operating room is significantly affected by the mix of professional roles and the surgeon’s gender, according to researchers who observed 200 surgical procedures.

“Hopefully our findings can be used to inform interprofessional training,” Dr. Laura K. Jones from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia told Reuters Health by email.

Jones’s team used careful observation techniques to evaluate 6,348 social interactions and nontechnical communications among at least 400 different operating room team members during a variety of surgical procedures. …

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