[Rate of surgery cancellation at a university hospital and reasons for patients' absence from the planned surgery]

Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. Jan-Feb 2006;14(1):48-53. doi: 10.1590/s0104-11692006000100007. Epub 2006 Mar 8.
[Article in Portuguese]


This study aimed to identify the rate of surgery cancellation and to verify the reasons for patients' absence from the planned surgery. The study was carried out at a secondary care university hospital in São Paulo city. Sixty patients whose surgeries were cancelled were interviewed during 3 months. Results showed that the rate of surgery cancellation was 19.91%, and that absenteeism was responsible for 54.30% of the 186 cancelled surgeries. Ten reasons for patient absenteeism were found; 53.33% were due to institutional problems, in most cases because patients were unaware of the date of surgery; 28.33% had clinical problems such as upper airway infection and other diseases; social conditions were responsible for 10.00%, related to economic and family problems; and 8.33% were cancelled by the patient.

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism
  • Brazil / epidemiology
  • Catchment Area, Health
  • Hospital Planning
  • Hospitals, University / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Motivation
  • Operating Rooms / statistics & numerical data
  • Patient Dropouts / psychology
  • Patient Dropouts / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / statistics & numerical data*
  • Treatment Refusal / psychology
  • Treatment Refusal / statistics & numerical data*
  • Utilization Review