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Comment & Response
October 2018

Questionable Assumptions Provided in Nonoperative Treatment of Appendicitis Survey

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Olive View–UCLA Medical Center, The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Olive View–UCLA Medical Center, The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles
JAMA Surg. 2018;153(10):969-970. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.2060

To the Editor In the eAppendix of the Supplement, Hanson et al1 detail their survey in which respondents were asked to imagine they had appendicitis, asked to choose among the treatment options, and given descriptions of the options and outcomes. The survey results by Hanson et al1 describing the public’s preferences for appendicitis treatment may have been different had the assumptions provided about nonoperative treatment of appendicitis (NOTA) been more reflective of our current understanding.

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