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Surgeons who don’t report results to a central registry have worse outcomes

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6194 (Published 01 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6194
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Surgical teams that do not report their results to a central registry have worse outcomes than those that do, a study of colorectal surgery has shown.

The finding, published in the British Journal of Surgery (doi:10.1002/bjs.7301), is open to two interpretations: either that publication of results improves outcomes or that surgeons who know or suspect that their outcomes may be worse are those who are least likely to submit them voluntarily.

In either case, the authors say, making submission compulsory is worth considering, as it would either improve overall performance or …

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