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CAHPS Surgical Care Survey Available on ACS Website


The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Surgical Care survey is now available on the American College of Surgeons (ACS) website.

The ACS, in partnership with other surgical and anesthesia organizations and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) CAHPS® Consortium, developed the survey to assess surgical patients’ experiences before, during, and after operations to identify opportunities for improving quality of care, surgical outcomes, and patient experience of care, as well as for purposes of public reporting.

The CAHPS® Surgical Care survey is a standardized patient survey that produces clear and usable comparative information for both consumers and health care providers. The CAHPS® Surgical Care Survey is the only National Quality Forum-endorsed measure designed to assess surgical quality from the patient’s perspective. Go to to access the survey.

The ACS is interested in learning about surgeons’ experiences in administering the CAHPS® Surgical Care Survey. To share your experience, contact Jill Shelly at or 202-672-1507.☐

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