Should Procedure Volume Be Considered a Measure of Quality?

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Hospital procedure volume does not appear to be a significant predictor of mortality for the performance of panceatectomy, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, esophagectomy, or CABG. An analysis of discharge data from more than 260,000 patients found mortality risk to instead be primarily attributable to patient-level characteristics.

Abstract: Annals of Surgery, October 2012.


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