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Work environment differences between outpatient and inpatient surgery: a pilot study on the vascular surgeons’ perceptions

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Background: In France, outpatient endovascular surgical procedures have been slowly implemented in hospitals since 2015. Their development has been heterogeneous across France and is not yet the standard of care despite their benefits concerning patients' outcomes and healthcare professionals' satisfaction. However, since the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for patient beds has been increasing, while human resources have been decreasing. This encouraged the surgery service reorganization and accelerated the shift from inpatient to outpatient surgery. Consequently, services had to adapt rapidly and this may have caused some strain on the hospital medical workforce. The objectives of this pilot study were to document and analyze the nursing staff (nurses and certified assistant nurses) well-being and workload as perceived by the vascular surgeons working with them. It also wanted to assess the link between the nursing staff's psychosocial stress and the surgeons' concentration and serenity in their workplace, based on the assumption that the well-being of both parties is inextricably linked. Methods: An observational study was conducted using an online questionnaire distributed to the senior members of the French society of vascular and endovascular surgery (n=490) between October 10 and October 18, 2022. Results: In total, 125 surgeons completed the questionnaire (25% response rate). The main finding was that according to 68% of vascular surgeons, the nursing staff's psychosocial stress significantly impaired their serenity and concentration at work and this frequently affected the surgical procedure safety. The main sources of psychosocial stress were the high work pace (64%), demand for flexibility (56%), lack of anticipation of schedule changes (82%), and difficulties encountered in relaying these concerns to hospital managers (44.6%). Conclusions: This study demonstrated that concomitantly with the forced acceleration of outpatient activity implementation, the vascular surgeons' perceptions of their working environment is deteriorating, especially in conventional (inpatient) surgery wards where the workload is increasing and patients have more comorbidities. The worsened psychosocial stress of surgeons and staff affects the care provided.
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hal-04517733 , version 1 (03-06-2024)

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Laurence Destrieux, Youssra Yemmas, Sydney Williams, Nolwenn Le Meur. Work environment differences between outpatient and inpatient surgery: a pilot study on the vascular surgeons’ perceptions. Annals of Vascular Surgery, 2024, 104, pp.156-165. ⟨10.1016/j.avsg.2023.12.080⟩. ⟨hal-04517733⟩
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