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Invited Commentary
July 2015

Improving the Quality of Data in Surgical Registries

Author Affiliations
  • 1Vascular Surgery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire
JAMA Surg. 2015;150(7):636. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.0630

In this issue, Hicks and colleagues1 outline results achieved for abdominal aortic aneurysm repair in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program registry in recent years. Patients undergoing endovascular repair in community hospitals were more likely to die perioperatively compared with patients at academic hospitals, and smaller hospitals had poorer results with open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. Even more concerning was the fact that overall rates of mortality were nearly 5% for endovascular repair and nearly 15% for open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.

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