Surgical metrics do not provide clear path to improvement

Surgical metrics do not provide clear path to improvement

Surgical outcome reporting does not necessarily lead to better outcomes, according to a Mayo Clinic study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Systems that capture, analyse and report surgical outcomes are an increasingly important part of the quality improvement movement in health care in the United States, where the most widely used reporting system is the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, which is coordinated through the American College of Surgeons.
The study, led by David Etzioni, chair of colorectal surgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, analysed data regarding surgical outcomes in over 345,000 patients treated between 2009 and 2013 at academic hospitals throughout the USA. Approximately half of the patients were treated at hospitals that participated in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. The study showed that…

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