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S-CAHPS (Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Surgical Care Survey)

The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Surgical Care Survey (S-CAHPS) asks patients to report on surgical care, surgeons, the surgical staff, and anesthesiologists.

Read about the Surgical Care Survey

The Surgical Care Survey is a standardized questionnaire for adults. It was developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and other surgical specialty societies to assess patients’ experiences before, during, and after surgery.

Download the Surgical Care Survey and Instructions (ZIP)

You can download the following documents for the Surgical Care Survey:

  • The questionnaire for adults
  • A sample telephone script
  • SAS®-based analysis programs and instructions for analyzing survey results
  • Guidance on reporting survey results

For additional guidance, users of this survey can consult the instructions available for the Clinician & Group Surveys at: Get Clinician & Group Surveys and Instructions. Please contact the S-CAHPS Help Line at or 800-492-9261 for help in adapting these instructions to the Surgical Care Survey.

Read about the S-CAHPS and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

For further information, please contact Jill Sage at