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Research Letter
October 2016

Examining the “Halo Effect” of Surgical Care Within Health Systems

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Surgical Oncology, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(10):983-984. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.1000

The “halo effect” suggests that improvements in health care delivery for one disease may improve outcomes in closely related diseases, but, to our knowledge, only a few studies have examined this concept in surgery.14 We evaluated quality performance across 4 complex but common surgical procedures to determine whether high-quality care is consistently provided for multiple procedures at a single institution.

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