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Effect of hospital and surgeon volume on patient outcomes following treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms: a systematic review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20691617     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: This systematic review assessed the efficacy of centralisation for the treatment of unruptured and ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms. Patient outcomes achieved by low and high volume hospitals/surgeons, including morbidity, mortality and length of hospital stay, were used as proxy measures of efficacy.
DESIGN: Systematic review was designed to identify, assess and report on peer-reviewed articles reporting outcomes from unruptured and ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms. No language restriction was placed on the databases searched.
MATERIALS: Only peer-reviewed journals articles were included.
METHODS: To ensure the contemporary nature of this review, only studies published between January 1997 and June 2007 were sought. Studies were included if they reported on at least one volume type and patient outcome.
RESULTS: Twenty two studies were included in this review. In the majority of group assessments, the number of studies reporting statistical significance was similar to the number of studies reporting no statistical significance.
CONCLUSION: The paucity of studies reporting statistically significant results demonstrates that although this evidence exists, its potential to be overstated must also be taken into account when drawing conclusions as to its efficacy for twenty first century healthcare systems.
N E Marlow; B Barraclough; N A Collier; I C Dickinson; J Fawcett; J C Graham; G J Maddern
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review     Date:  2010-08-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1532-2165     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-22     Completed Date:  2010-12-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9512728     Medline TA:  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  572-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010 European Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Australian Safety and Efficacy Register of New Interventional Procedures - Surgical, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Adelaide, SA, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal / epidemiology*,  surgery*
Hospitals / statistics & numerical data
Physicians / statistics & numerical data
Treatment Outcome
Vascular Surgical Procedures / statistics & numerical data*

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