(HealthDay News) — Patient satisfaction is high for shared medical appointments (SMAs) for preoperative consultation regarding Mohs micrographic surgery, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Thomas J. Knackstedt, MD, and Faramarz H. Samie, MD, PhD, from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., conducted a pilot study to examine patient satisfaction with SMAs for preoperative consultation for Mohs micrographic surgery. They assessed patient satisfaction over a six-month period using a 13-question survey.

Among 149 patients who were seen in SMAs, the survey response rate was 65.8%. The researchers found that the mean value on Likert scale questions was 4.29 ± 0.09 (on a 1 to 5 scale, where 5 is best). The SMA model was found to be useful (84.7%), and most participants reported that they would attend an SMA in the future (80.6%).

“SMA can be successfully used for the Mohs preoperative consultation visit with high patient satisfaction,” the authors write.

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