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Wait times for Mohs micrographic surgery in Ottawa, Ontario.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23149193     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, in coordination with Cancer Care Ontario, records and analyzes wait times for cancer surgery in the province of Ontario. However, this strategy does not include wait times for skin cancer surgery.
PURPOSE: The wait times and referral patterns of patients undergoing Mohs micrographic surgery at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) were examined to better assess the adequacy of access to skin cancer treatment in Ontario.
METHOD: The records of 101 Mohs surgeries (96 patients) consecutively performed at TOH between June 14, 2010, and October 19, 2010, were reviewed. The interval between the date the referral for Mohs surgery was first received and the date of surgery was calculated for each case. The specialty of the referring physician and the postal code of each patient treated were also recorded.
RESULTS: The average wait time between the date of referral and the date of surgery was 122.6 days or 17.5 weeks (median 124 days, 17.7 weeks). Over 75% of patients waited over 12 weeks (84 days) for cancer surgery. All Mohs surgery patients treated at TOH resided within postal districts in eastern and northern Ontario.
CONCLUSION: The current wait time for Mohs surgery in the Ottawa region is beyond the standard for cancer treatment. Improving access to care and incorporating Mohs surgery into the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Wait Time Strategy might significantly improve this.
Lauren LaBerge; Julie Lacroix; Adam J Mamelak
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cutaneous medicine and surgery     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1203-4754     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cutan Med Surg     Publication Date:    2012 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-15     Completed Date:  2013-04-16     Revised Date:  2014-07-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9614685     Medline TA:  J Cutan Med Surg     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  388-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Dermatology / statistics & numerical data
Family Practice / statistics & numerical data
Health Services Accessibility / standards*,  statistics & numerical data
Mohs Surgery* / statistics & numerical data
Quality Improvement
Referral and Consultation / statistics & numerical data
Residence Characteristics
Skin Neoplasms / surgery*
Surgery, Plastic / statistics & numerical data
Time Factors
Waiting Lists*

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