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Research Letter
July 11, 2019

Variations in Surgical Safety According to Affiliation Status With a Top-Ranked Cancer Hospital

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 3Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Oncol. Published online July 11, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.1808

Top-ranked cancer hospitals have increasingly shared their trusted brands with unranked hospitals in the community through hospital affiliations.1 Public perception in the United States is that the safety of care at hospitals improves after affiliation with a top-ranked hospital, a belief that increases preference for these hospitals.2,3 The extent to which affiliation with a top-ranked cancer hospital is associated with cancer surgery outcomes is unknown.