Improving mortality of coronary surgery: Study conclusions are paradoxical

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7470.855 (Published 07 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:855
  1. Eric Lim, specialist registrar cardiothoracic surgery (eric.lim@cvsnet.org)
  1. Papworth Hospital NHS Trust, Papworth Everard, Cambridge CB3 8RE

    EDITOR—The findings of the study by Bridgewater et al of improving mortality of coronary surgery over the first four years of independent practice in 15 surgeons are relevant and clinically important.1 But aren't the conclusions paradoxical?

    The authors report that mortality in patients operated on by newly appointed consultant surgeons is similar to …

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