The impact of social support and resilience on surgical outcomes
Zumsteg, Daniel Mark
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Social support and resilience have been shown to reduce recovery times after major operations, as well as predict levels of post-operative pain. This study aims to determine whether social support and resilience modulate medical outcomes parameters and perceptions of recovery after a surgical intervention. Post-operative patients were recruited from an inner-city, safety net, level 1 trauma center prior to discharge. They completed questionnaires on social support (Medical Outcomes Study - Social Support Survey MOS-SSS), resilience (Brief Resilience Scale BRS), and overall health (Medical Outcomes Study – Short Form 36 MOS-SF36). Patients then completed the MOS-SF36 questionnaire approximately six and twelve weeks after surgical treatment. Preliminary results from recruited patients offer no conclusion regarding social support and outcome measures, but a significant positive relationship between resilience and patient-reported quality of life was seen (Spearman's Rho = 0.606). Resilience was also highest among patients in the surgical oncology service, relative to the other two surgical cohorts.