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Surgical quality: review of Californian measures

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Californians wanting to select a hospital or surgeon on the basis of publicly available information on quality will find serious shortcomings in the available data.

This was the finding from a review of 18 organisations in California, USA reporting 333 measures of healthcare quality. Shortcomings were at several levels, although foremost was that all the organisations examined quality at the hospital level—none at the level of the individual surgeon, …

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