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New technologies attract patients with prostate cancer to treatment centres, study finds

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 05 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4621
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

The availability of new technologies such as robotic systems is attracting patients to cancer surgery centres rather than evidence of quality of care, a study of patients undergoing prostate cancer surgery in England has found.1

Several countries, including the UK, have introduced policies that allow patients to choose a specific healthcare provider, with the aim of improving quality of care. Previous research has shown that patients are willing to travel to centres other than their nearest hospital for cancer surgery, but information on how they make this choice has been limited. …

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