The surgical morbidity and mortality meeting as an educational tool

Med J Malaysia. 2001 Dec;56(4):441-5.


Purpose: This study aimed at evaluating the educational value of the morbidity mortality meeting and benefits obtained from it so as to implement changes that can improve it.

Methods: Surgeons (n = 13) at a university hospital responded anonymously to a questionnaire which was structured to monitor the educational activity of the morbidity mortality meeting. They indicated their perceptions on a five-point scale (very poor, poor, fair, good and very good). Depending on the results of the first questionnaire, these changes were made: 1) Standardisation of the notice of the Meeting 2) Organization of the meeting 3) Review of the literature on the specific problems encountered. The participants were not aware of the results of the first questionnaire. Nine weeks later, the same questionnaire was repeated (n=12). Mann-Whitney test was used to compare the ratings of the two questionnaires.

Results: The attributes which showed significant improvement between the first and second questionnaires were a) organization (p = 0.004; (median (range) 3 (2-5) compared with 5 (3-5)) b) knowledge is up-to-date (p < 0.005; (median (range) 3 (2-4) compared with 4 (3-5)), c) discussion related to the problem (0.01; (median (range) 3 (1-4) compared with 4 (3-5)) and d) notice of the meeting (p < 0.026; (median (range) 3 (2-4) compared with 4 (2-5)).

Conclusions: This study showed that specific actions can improve the educational quality of the morbidity mortality meeting.

MeSH terms

  • General Surgery / education*
  • Group Processes*
  • Humans
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / adverse effects
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / education*
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / mortality*
  • Teaching*