Ranking heart surgeons has pitfalls

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7406.107-b (Published 10 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:107
  1. Ian S Gilfillan, cardiothoracic surgeon (ian.gilfillan@health.wa.gov.au)
  1. Fremantle Hospital, Fremantle, WA 6160, Australia

    EDITOR–Dyer reports that heart surgeons are to be rated according to success in bypass surgery.1 Cardiac surgery is a team sport, and each player can influence the score. The dilemma I face as a surgeon is that the result is mine, although the poor performance may not always …

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