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Am Surg. 2021 Sep 23:3134820982855. doi: 10.1177/0003134820982855. Online ahead of print.
BACKGROUND: Little is known regarding the impact of operating room (OR) personnel generation on their perceptions to various surgeon behaviors. We aimed to characterize these relationships by evaluating their responses to 5 realistic intraoperative scenarios.
METHODS: Operating room personnel were asked to assess surgeon OR behavior across a standardized set of 5 scenarios via an online survey. For each scenario, respondents were asked to identify the behavior as either acceptable, unacceptable but would ignore, unacceptable and would confront the surgeon, or unacceptable and would report to management. Chi-squared analyses were used to compare responses to surgeon behavior with respondent generation.
RESULTS: There were 3101 respondents, of which 41% of respondents were baby boomers (n = 1280), 31% were generation (Gen) X (n = 955), and 28% were Gen Y (n = 866). Overall, when compared to Gen X or Gen Y, baby boomers were significantly more likely to find surgeon behaviors of impatience (P < .001), being late for a case (P < .001), swearing in the OR (P < .001), and shouting with a bleeding patient (P = .001) to be inappropriate and would talk to the surgeon. Alternatively, Gen Y respondents were more likely to find fault with surgeon behaviors that deviate from rules and regulations, such as forgetting a time-out (P = .001), when compared to baby boomers and Gen X respondents.
DISCUSSION: Results of our study demonstrate that OR personnel generation affects their perceptions and response to surgeon behavior. Understanding these tendencies can guide efforts to improve OR interactions among team members.