Surgical Care

The CAHPS Surgical Care Survey asks patients to report on surgical care, surgeons, their 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 and the Surgical Quality Alliance to assess patients’ experiences before, during, and after surgery.

Get the Surgical Care Survey and Instructions

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 CAHPS Help Line at or 1-800-492-9261 for help in adapting these instructions to the Surgical Care Survey.

Page last reviewed March 2016
Page originally created October 2011
Internet Citation: Surgical Care. Content last reviewed March 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.