Refusal of surgery in an insured population.
Elective Surgical Procedures
Among 195 people who did not have recommended elective surgery in which a second opinion was required, virtually all indicated they were not going to have the operation and did not want a second opinion. The extent to which this decision adversely affected their health status and well-being and the extent to which alternate treatments were tried are examined. The findings also highlight the discretionary nature of patient and physician decision making.