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Publishing mortality rates for individual surgeons

This is our new analysis of an old topic.In Scotland, individual surgeon outcomes were published as far back as 2006. It wasn’t pursued in...
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All the transplant statistics you need

If you have a hunger for statistics on organ transplantation, check out NHS Blood and Transplant. There are regularly updated and reflect what is...
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Having a low blood count increase complications from liver surgery

A low blood count is common with cancer. There are now more studies showing that this can contribute to complications after surgery. Blood transfusion...
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Keyhole or open surgery for bowel cancer metastases in the liver?

Laparoscopic (keyhole) approaches for liver resection are well described and in common use, but we do not yet have robust randomised controlled trial data...
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Predicting liver failure and death after liver surgery

There have been many attempts to define predictive models for the identification of patients at risk of liver failure after surgery (posthepatectomy liver failure...
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An alternative presentation of the ProPublica Surgeon Scorecard

ProPublica, an independent investigative journalism organisation, have published surgeon-level complications rates based on Medicare data. I have already highlighted problems with the reporting of...
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The problem with ProPublica’s surgeon scorecards

ProPublica is an organisation performing independent, non-profit investigative journalism in the public interest. Yesterday it published an analysis of surgeon-level complications rates based on...
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RStudio and GitHub

Version control has become essential for me keeping track of projects, as well as collaborating. It allows backup of scripts and easy collaboration on...
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GlobalSurg: Global Surgery results to be published soon

The GlobalSurg project is continuing to be a great experience. The first cohort study reports data from patients undergoing emergency abdominal surgery across the...
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7 day NHS

High quality care for patients seven days a week seems like a good idea to me. There is nothing worse than going round the...