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Surgical waiting times for ocular and periocular cancer patients in Toronto.
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PMID:  18033326     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate surgical waiting times experienced by intraocular and periocular cancer patients in Toronto and to assess the period of greatest delay between certain stages of ocular cancer care. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed on cases of adult patients who underwent surgery between January 2002 and December 2004 for malignant or premalignant tumours of the eye and ocular adnexa. Waiting time intervals were calculated between 5 time points: initial presentation to referring physician or optometrist, date of referral to oculoplastics or ocular oncology, initial assessment, consent date, and surgery date. Total surgical waiting time was the period between the initial presentation and surgery date. RESULTS: The mean total surgical waiting time was 85.93 (standard error [SE] 212.70) days. The 5% trimmed mean total waiting time was 51.07 days. The longest mean total waiting time averaged 94.16 (SE 18.69) days for patients with orbital or lacrimal tumours. For all patients, the interval of greatest delay was between initial assessment and consent (according to means) or between referral and initial assessment (according to 5% trimmed means). For patients with lid, brow, or conjunctival tumours the interval of greatest delay was between referral and initial assessment, and for those with orbital, lacrimal, or intraocular tumours it was between initial assessment and consent. INTERPRETATION: By measuring the period between consent and surgery, the Ontario government is not measuring the interval of greatest delay in ocular cancer care. The wait-time registry may benefit from including data from patients with periocular tumours.
Andrea K Leung; Dan D DeAngelis; Jeffrey J Hurwitz; E Rand Simpson; James H Oestreicher; Edsel Ing; Gillian Hurwitz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian journal of ophthalmology. Journal canadien d'ophtalmologie     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0008-4182     ISO Abbreviation:  Can. J. Ophthalmol.     Publication Date:  2007 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-12-06     Completed Date:  2008-02-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0045312     Medline TA:  Can J Ophthalmol     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  826-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Medicine, Queen's University, Kingston, ON.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Conjunctival Neoplasms / surgery
Delivery of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
Eye Neoplasms / surgery*
Eyelid Neoplasms / surgery
Lacrimal Apparatus Diseases / surgery
Middle Aged
Ophthalmologic Surgical Procedures / statistics & numerical data*
Orbital Neoplasms / surgery
Retrospective Studies
Waiting Lists*

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