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Pleuro-pulmonary disease in central South Africa: A thoracic surgical deficiency.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20822618     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We wished to estimate the performance gap between thoracic surgical service provision and the burden of thoracic surgical disease in central South Africa (SA). We compared burden of disease data to the number of thoracic operations performed for inflammatory pleuro-pulmonary disease and primary lung cancer. The performance gap was estimated to be a factor of 1:20 for lung cancer and 1:10 for thoracic surgery as a whole. The extent of under-provision of thoracic surgical services in central SA demonstrates that urgent major healthcare system reforms are required at all levels to address the significant performance gap between service provision by thoracic surgery and the burden of disease in central SA.
A Linegar; G van Zyl; F Smit; P Goldstraw
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Letter     Date:  2010-07-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde     Volume:  100     ISSN:  0256-9574     ISO Abbreviation:  S. Afr. Med. J.     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-08     Completed Date:  2010-10-07     Revised Date:  2014-09-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404520     Medline TA:  S Afr Med J     Country:  South Africa    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  510-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cost of Illness*
Lung Diseases / epidemiology*
Lung Neoplasms / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Pleural Diseases / epidemiology*
South Africa / epidemiology
Thoracic Surgery / statistics & numerical data*

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