Perceptions of Surgical Robotics - Analysis and Study Design

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Sutherland, Joel David
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Mechanical Engineering
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This IQP presents a data analysis of the results of a study to evaluate the perception of surgical robotics, with the aim of helping those in the medical field properly communicate and interact with prospective patients. Study populations include post-operative patients, practitioners, and the general population. The data identifies demographic trends which may help to tailor outreach. It is found that recovery time and success rate are among the most important factors which impact a patient's decision to undergo robotic surgery. There is inconsistency in the understanding of the advantages and nature of robotic surgery. In addition, this IQP presents revised forms of the three surveys, as well as a journal paper drafted with the results.