A new report published in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that the currently available data on experience-related outcomes in children's surgeries are limited and vary in methodologic quality.
Hospital and surgeon characteristics are often examined in terms of outcomes. Studies in adults have been numerous but the quality and quantity of similar data in children are less consistent, according to the study background.
Jarod P. McAteer, M.D., of Seattle Children''s Hospital, Washington, and colleagues reviewed 63 studies evaluating 25 procedures to review the association between surgeon or hospital experience and outcomes in children''s surgery.
(JAMA Pediatr. Published online March 25, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.25.)
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