Patients, Doctors Often Disagree About Surgical Scar Evaluation

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Patients, Doctors Often Disagree About Surgical Scar Evaluation
Patients, Doctors Often Disagree About Surgical Scar Evaluation

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Patients and physicians disagree about evaluation of surgical scars, according to a review published online Feb. 1 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

Junqian Zhang, M.D., from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues conducted a literature review and analyzed studies comparing scars from different surgical techniques using at least one physician-reported and patient-reported scar measure. Twenty-nine studies with 4,485 patients were identified, of which 20 were randomized clinical trials, five were prospective nonrandomized studies, and four were descriptive studies.

The researchers identified disagreement between patients and physician evaluation of scars in eight of the studies (28 percent), with only patients rating scar difference in six of these cases (75 percent). Physicians were more likely to value scar pigmentation and relief, while patients were more likely to value scar depth.

"Studies that incorporate subjective and objective scar grading reveal disagreement between patients and clinicians," the authors write. "Of the incision and wound closure techniques assessed, few affected patient- and clinician-reported outcomes, but the evidence remains weak and future studies are recommended."

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