John W. Davis, MD, FACS, presented “Robot Assisted Radical Prostatectomy in 2018: My Best Answers to the Most Common Patient Questions” during the 23rd Annual Innovations in Urologic Practice on September 14, 2018 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

How to cite: Davis, John W. “Robot Assisted Radical Prostatectomy in 2018: My Best Answers to the Most Common Patient Questions” September 14, 2018. Accessed Jun 2024.

Robot Assisted Radical Prostatectomy in 2018: My Best Answers to the Most Common Patient Questions – Summary:

John W. Davis, MD, provides instructions regarding how to build an effective handout for patients prior to robot assisted radical prostatectomy. Specifically, he describes commonly asked patient questions and how to answer in an evidence-based and trustworthy manner.


Building a successful robotic prostatectomy practice requires several elements beyond surgical skill. One important point often overlooked is the ability to communicate effectively with patients. However, with increased patient volume, there is increased demand for physician time in the clinic. Electronic medical record (EMR) issues further exacerbate this problem.

Therefore a well-constructed patient handout is an important adjunct. This presentation details key elements of an effective handout. First, it is important to provide patients with neutral, non-market oriented weblinks. For example, the Urology Care Foundation website utilizes layman’s terms and patient-oriented writing. Though directed toward professionals, the American Urological Association (AUA) Guidelines can be a meaningful resource for patients.

A communicative handout should also include specifics on your program and experience, answer perioperative questions in detail, incorporate guidelines statements and structure, refresh yearly, include personal details and humor, and be aware of your patient population needs.

For further reference, see Dr. Davis’s textbook chapter, Personalized Versus Generic Patient Handouts: Tools to Improve Patient Knowledge on Treatment Options and Perioperative Care, with Springer publishing.

About Innovations in Urologic Practice

Innovations in Urologic Practice (IUP) is an annual CME-accredited conference devoted to updating urologists on the rapidly changing healthcare environment. Topics focus on innovative diagnostic and treatment strategies, controversies, new and currently developing technologies, and challenges in today’s urologic practice. Dr. Davis presented this lecture during the 23rd IUP in 2018. Please visit this page in order to learn more about future IUP meetings.