Table 4: Rating of factors that impede a resident’s decision to perform a biopsy prior to excision.

General surgeryOrthopaedics value

Factors impeding decision to perform a biopsy*
 I have decreased access to persons performing needle biopsy2.6 (1.5)2.7 (1.5).43
 I do not want to inconvenience the pathologist1.6 (0.9)1.5 (0.7).87
 I have a lack of confidence in pathology to make a diagnosis on a FNA/core biopsy2.5 (1.3)3.0 (1.4)<.001
 I feel that whole specimen will lead to a more accurate diagnosis3.5 (1.3)3.7 (1.4).12
 I feel that the likelihood of a soft tissue mass being malignant is low3.2 (1.3)2.8 (1.2)<.001
 I have concerns about the risks associated with biopsies2.7 (1.4)2.8 (1.3).42
 I am not extensively trained on the use of biopsies in residency or fellowship2.9 (1.5)3.2 (1.5).02

All data presented as mean (±SD).
*Note: scores on the scale ranged from 1 to 6, with 1 indicating “Strongly Disagree” and 6 indicating “Strongly Agree.”