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Study Finds For Oesophageal Surgery Quality Increases With Larger Case Volumes

In complex surgery, is there a correlation between the volume of services provided per hospital and the quality of treatment results? This is the question addressed in eight commissions on minimum volumes that the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) awarded to the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG). The IQWiG report, is now available for the sixth intervention to be tested, complex oesophageal surgery. According to the findings, there is a positive correlation between the volume of services and the quality of treatment results in complex oesophageal surgery: In hospitals with larger case volumes, the survival probabilities for patients who underwent surgery are higher overall. In addition, complications occur less frequently there.

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