How Hospital Differences Can Impact Post-Surgical Outcomes
the MPR take:
Post-surgical outcomes following major cancer operations may be influenced not only by the patient's socioeconomic status (SES) but also by the SES of the communities that a hospital primarily serves, according to researchers from the Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy at the University of Michigan. JAMA Surgery reports that patients with a lower SES status were approximately 20% more likely to be failure to rescue (FTR), compared to patients with a higher SES. Failure to rescue was defined as patients who died because the hospital was unable to save them from major complications after surgery. Researchers also found that patients, regardless of SES, had a greater risk for FTR at hospitals serving mainly poor communities compared to hospitals serving wealthier areas. These factors should be considered in strategies for improving cancer surgery mortality.
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