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All vascular surgeons are performing within expected limits, show individual outcome data

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4205 (Published 28 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4205
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

The first ever audit of consultant level outcomes from vascular surgery has found that all UK surgeons are performing within the expected range and that just six of 472 surgeons (1.3%) refused to consent to have their outcome data published.

The audit covers the results of surgery for patients who underwent elective repair of an infra-renal abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and carotid endarterectomy.1 The individual level data are part of NHS England’s commitment, made last December, to publish the outcomes for surgeons in 10 specialties, which it hoped would improve transparency and drive up standards.2

The information is being posted on the NHS Choices website …

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